"Respected Ukrainian Politicians are not Obliged to Meet with Illyumzhinov". Mikhail Golubev's Open Letter

Время публикации: 16.07.2015 11:45 | Последнее обновление: 16.07.2015 15:51

Grandmaster, journalist, member of the Ukrainian chess federation commission on media relations and Euromaidan activist Mikhail Golubev, has published an open letter to Ukrainian friends. 

Golubev gives a link to an interview with Kirsan Illyumzhinov, published at the end of May on the site elysta.org (in Russian), with the title "In the FIDE elections, I was representing Russia and Putin". The interview also appeared in print. 


In this interview, the FIDE President's comments are sharply political, critical of the West and pro-Putin, full of the usual rhetoric of the day (though atypical for the diplomatic Illyumzhinov).   

"And with this individual, long-time (unfortunately) President of FIDE, the Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Vitaly Klitschko both recently held meetings", points out Golubev. 

"Having the women's world championship match, involving Mariya Muzychuk, in Lviv is probably not a bad idea, providing it is not run using public money. However, respected Ukrainian politicians are by no means obliged to meet with this 100% Putin henchman (and in the past, a friend of Saddam Hussein and Gadaffi; a man who claims to have been abducted by aliens, an international crook, deeply corrupt, and a pathological liar, and, on top of it all, a man who openly welcomes the destruction of Ukraine by Putin) and any such meeting would shame them before the whole world", states Golubev in his letter.  

In his commentary on this publication, GM Dmitry Komarov said "The financing of the match can be split between three sources:
1) a local sponsor;
2) the Ukrainian budget (which would be voted on by the Rada);
3) the Lviv budget (which would be voted on by the city or regional council)".


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