Kirsan Ilyumzhinov disclosed the contents of his letter to US President Donald Trump, in which he described the inclusion of himself in the sanctions list as a political act.

"I think this is an infringement of my rights. In particular, it is an infringement of the fundamental right to freedom of movement provided for by the UN Charter. On the one hand, I don’t care whether I am allowed to enter the U.S. or not. But on the other hand, 188 countries are members of FIDE, including the United States. So I, as President of FIDE, should be there," Ilyumzhinov said.

On May 5, in Dubai, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the Minister of Sport, Youth and Culture of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. Sheikh Nahyan's grandson also attended the meeting.

The sides discussed the development of chess in the region. In addition, Sheikh Nahyan supported Ilyumzhinov's nomination for the post of FIDE President in the 2018 elections. After the constructive business talks, a gala dinner took place.

Dear Evgeny Stepanovich! I heartily congratulate you on your birthday! You tirelessly cared about the development of the region, holding the post of Governor of the Belgorod Oblast for more than twenty years.

I sincerely admire your fruitful and selfless work. Much of what the Belgorod citizens are proud of today has become possible thanks to your bold political decisions and their skilful and unswerving implementation.

On April 5, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the head of the Republic of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov at the FIDE Moscow office. The meeting was also attended by deputy of the State Duma of Russian Federation Alikhan Kharsiev.

The parties, in particular, discussed the participation of young Ingush chess players in the European Youth Chess Championship. In addition, Yevkurov congratulated the FIDE President on his birthday, wished him health, success and new achievements in his work.

The opponents of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov are fighting for power with questionable methods. This opinion was expressed by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov.

Recall that last Monday the official website of FIDE published an announcement about the resignation of Ilyumzhinov as President following the meeting of the Presidential Council of the organization. Ilyumzhinov called this information false.

A spokesman for the President of Russia and the chairman of the Russian Chess Federation Board of Trustees Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian Chess Federation supports Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in his post of the President of the World Chess Federation.

"Ilyumzhinov very effectively fulfills his duties as FIDE President in terms of organizing the world championships and the tournaments of other levels as well as popularizing the sport of chess," he stressed.

Dear Mikhail Sergeyevich! I cordially congratulate you on your birthday!

You were faithful to your vocation and duty all your life. As the first President of the Soviet Union, you have taken the hard work of social and economic reforms. You have changed the one-sided view of the world community of Russia. You were always an example of responsible, professional and genuine service to the Motherland.

Dear Rustam Nurgalievich!

Joining all the kind words and wishes addressed to you on the occasion of your 60th anniversary today, I sincerely wish for your life to always be filled with respect and support of friends, love and care of the loved ones.

Let your accumulated comprehensive knowledge and the solid statesman’s experience help you in your arduous work of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan for the benefit of the people of the region and the whole of Russia.

On February 12, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the President of Moldova Igor Dodon attended the audience with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to the receiving party for assistance in organizing the Women’s World Chess Championship, which is being held in Tehran. He also acclaimed the work of the Chess Federation of Iran, which has become one of the most active national federations of FIDE under the leadership of Merhdad Pahlevanzadeh.

I cordially congratulate all MGIMO alumni, brilliant diplomats and embassies staff on your professional holiday - Diplomats’ Day.

Today my heart is full of pride because I had the privilege to study with many of you in the same university. This auspicious day is marked with a special joy of understanding that the diplomatic service of Russia honourably protects the interests of our Fatherland and the people.

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