Ilyumzhinov requests Obama to grant him the US citizenship

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in a letter to US President Barack Obama requested to grant him the US citizenship. He announced this during a speech at the FIDE Congress in Baku today.

"I asked the US President to grant me the US citizenship so that my case for inclusion in the sanctions list would be considered by the local court,” said the head of FIDE.  "I want my case was heard on American soil, under US law".

"If the US Treasury officials prove to be wrong, I will demand an apology and compensation. I promise this money spent for the development of chess," said Ilyumzhinov.