There was more in Russian press about Ovechkin's training in St. Petersburg and the translation is available at www.OnFrozenBlog.com
Quote from On Frozen Blog translation:
Alexander Ovechkin returned to St. Petersburg from Saransk, where he took part in the national Shumbrat, Finno-Ugria festival. Alex arrived back at the gym fresh and upbeat, even though he was coming straight from the airport.
Alex, what took you to Saransk?
I was invited to go there. My mom also came...
Ovechkin's Mom is ethnic Mordvin while his Dad is ethnic Russian.
Exact translation is "I flew there on invitation, because I have Mordvin roots. My mom also came..."
OnFrozenBlog also provided a link to the Finno-Ugric National Culture Festival.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Finland Tariu Halonen and Prime-Minister of Hungary Franz Durchan are expected to arrive in Saransk during the festival.
There are many Finno-Ugric peoples living in Russia. These groups speak languages that are related to modern Finnish and/or Hungarian and include the Karelians, Komi, Maris, Mordvins, and Udmurts. These groups traditionally lived in the Middle Volga region of Russia and are culturally diverse.
Prez Putin in his speech at the festival mentioned that out of 160 different ethnicities in Russian Federation 13 belong to Finno-Ugric.
Anyhow I had no idea about so many people sharing the same language from Ural to Finland, to Hungary. It was interesting.
P.S. Shumbrat means Hello.
Link to original SovSport interview
Wikipedia: Finno-Ugric (IPA: [finəʊ juːgrik]) is a grouping of languages in the Uralic language family, comprising Hungarian, Finnish and Estonian, and related languages. It comprises the Finno-Permic and Ugric language families.