The RCF supports the candidacy of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

The Russian Chess Federation supported the candidacy of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is running for FIDE president despite unprecedented pressure from the US.

On 6 May, at the meeting of the Supervisory Board held in Sochi, the Russian Chess Federation opted to support the candidacy of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for FIDE elections. The incumbent FIDE President is running for reelection under unprecedented pressure from the US and their allies.

At the meeting of the Supervisory Board, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented his programme and team (the presidential ticket). In turn, the Supervisory Board will form a list of instructions for Ilyumzhinov. In the near future the Russian Chess Federation will inform the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about the Supervisory Board decision.

Let us remind you that Ilyumzhinov has been holding the post of FIDE President since 1995. However, recently he was subjected to a massive information attack on the part of the United States. He is even included on the sanctions list for allegedly supporting the Syrian government. In 2017, the US launched defamation campaign against Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. They even tried to make him resign under the pretext of his good attitude towards Vladimir Putin.
However, the President of FIDE did not succumb to pressure and announced that he would run for FIDE president. At the moment he is already supported by more than 50 world’s chess federations. The elections of FIDE president will be held in Batumi in autumn 2018.