In memory of Vitaly Churkin

It is with deep regret that I learned about the sudden death of a distinguished diplomat, the genuine patriot of Russia Vitaly Churkin. The top-class professional, who faithfully served his country, has passed away.

This loss without exaggeration can be called irretrievable. I will always remember Vitaly Churkin as a person of generous spirit, brilliant mind and great charm.

Not only Russian but also the whole world diplomacy has lost one of its most talented representatives, who did much for the development of international relations and to strengthen the authority of Russia. His professionalism and tenacity in defending interests of the country have always attracted the respect of colleagues and associates.
I want to express my condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Vitaly Churkin. I grieve with you.

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov