Tag Archives: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Chess saga continues with scathingly legalistic open letter

On Saturday, the day before he turned 59, chess champion and Russia’s contested nominee for the International Chess Federation (FIDE) presidency, Anatoly Karpov fired off a scathing open letter. Addressed to his “dear colleagues,” the letter took aim at Arkady … Continue reading

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Kremlin seizes Russian Chess Federation offices; no pawn pun intended

For those of you following the titillating chess scandal unfolding in Moscow, today brings new, exciting, dangerous developments. As Carl Schrek reported in Foreign Policy this week, the Kremlin has been starting to meddle a bit in the nomination of … Continue reading

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Serious allegations: Kalmyk governor leaks classified information to 'humanoid' aliens

Andrey Lebedev, a Duma deputy for the right-wing nationalistic LDPR party, is pissed: there is a traitor in Russia’s house, and he’s a traitor of the very worst order. Lebedev’s allegation, which he addressed yesterday to President Dmitry Medvedev, is … Continue reading

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