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Open letter to the delegates of the General Assembly of the 81st FIDE Congress

September 20, 2010

Dear Sirs/Madams,

Election of FIDE President is to take place on September 29. The current FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and the 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov are competing for this post.

The Russian United Democratic Party YABLOKO appeals to you so that to prevent reelection of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, one of the most disgraceful figures in Russian politics, to the post of FIDE President.

YABLOKO has always regarded Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's regime set in the Republic of Kalmykia, uncontrollably governed by Ilyumzhinov for 17 years, as one of the ugliest manifestations in Russia’s political history of the past two decades presenting a merger of authoritarian rule, corruption and crime.

Larissa Yudina, Chair of the Kalmykia regional branch of YABLOKO, paid with her life in 1998 for the fight against this regime, and Ilyumzhinov's aid was convicted for committing this murder. In our view, responsibility for this crime lies entirely with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

We are certain that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov who is now losing his presidency in Kalmykia has been trying to keep by all means the post of FIDE President so that to avoid investigation of his activities in Kalmykia and criminal prosecution which he fully deserves.

A reelection of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for the post of FIDE President will become a disgrace for the international chess movement and FIDE.

You have a chance to avoid such a disgrace.

Sergei Mitrokhin,
Chair of the YABLOKO party





September 20, 2010