Grigoriy Yavlinskiy To FIDE Congress Delegates and World Chess Community

Время публикации: 18.07.2014 10:57 | Последнее обновление: 19.07.2014 01:51

"It is an insult to the principles and ideals of chess that the person presiding over FIDE is K.Ilyumzhinov"

A Russian politician, founder and political leader of the Russian United Democratic party “Yabloko,” Grigoriy Yavlinskiy published an open letter:

To the delegates of the FIDE Congress and to the world chess community:

Esteemed devotees of the ancient, noble game!

Allow me, in connection with the upcoming August FIDE Congress, to draw your attention to the statement made by the Russian United Democratic party “Yabloko,” of which I am a founder and political leader.

It is an insult to the principles and ideals of your great art that the person presiding over FIDE, K. Ilyumzhinov, is also the man responsible for the brutal murder of our regional Kalmykian party chief Larisa Yudina.

Larisa Yudina was a talented journalist, a brave woman, whom I had the honor to know personally. She led a principled fight against the authoritarian and corrupt regime of the President of Kalmykia, at the time Mr. Ilyumzhinov, and she paid for it with her life.

We, her colleagues, will never forgive this heinous crime or allow it to expire from our memories.

Grigoriy Yavlinskiy
Moscow, Russia
July 5, 2014 

Larisa Yudina was a journalist and the editor of the opposition newspaper, Sovietskaya Kalmykia Sevodnya (Soviet Kalmykia Today). She was found dead on 8 June 1998, with multiple knife wounds and a fractured skull, in Elista, the capital of the Republic of Kalmykia.

Prior to her death, she had published articles accusing Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of Kalmykia, of corruption. Three men were convicted in connection with the murder, but the names of those who ordered the killing remain unknown. It was on her return from distributing newspapers that she was murdered. Her body was found dead beside a pond outside the city of Elitsa in Kalmykia on 7 July.


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