"Only Chess Connects Me to Syria!"

Время публикации: 30.11.2015 02:07 | Последнее обновление: 30.11.2015 05:07

Will Ilyumzhinov get to the US?

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had promised to be in the US on Sunday, but instead he appeared in one of the TV programs aired on the Russian channel Dozhd (Russian word for "rain" - CN). Let us remind you that several days ago the US Department of the Treasury added the reigning FIDE president to the list of sanctioned officials.

"I don't sell any ISIL (this organization is banned by the Russian law - CN) oil to Syria, -  Ilyumzhinov assured. - Also, I am not having any connections with any of the organisations of banks mentioned in the accusations published by the US. Perhaps, they didn't like that I've visited the place several times recently. That's true, we've been supplying Syria. So what? Last time we supplied them with a thousand chess sets and three thousand chess books for children. [...] Last time I was there - it was two years ago - Bashar Al-Assad and I had to open a new chess center, but because of the terror attack threat he couldn't take part in this event. We opened chess clubs in Aleppo and Damascus. By the way, the terrorists have already destroyed by bombing the club we had opened in Aleppo."   

- Did you really have only chess interests in Syria? - one of the journalists, Ksenia Sobchak, asked Ilyumzhinov.

- Nothing at all. Neither companies nor businesses - nothing. My visits were related only to chess.

- Wouldn't you agree it could be hard to believe for any government, and especially for the US government, that chess is the only thing connecting you to Syria and Al-Assad? 

- Not only. I was in the US literally two weeks ago, so if the ministry had any questions they could ask me. We're going to have the World Championship there next year and now we are deciding which city would host it - New York city, Los Angeles or San Francisco. 

- How are you going to talk to your partners in these circumstances? Via Skype? - another journalist, Pavel Lobkov, wondered.

- Well, I am going to visit the US next week. Besides the aforementioned cities, I've asked my assistant to add Washington D.C. to my schedule, because I would like to be received by the Department of the Treasury.

Ilyumzhinov also commented on the recent tensions between Russia and Turkey. He mentioned that he has a company in Turkey which is called Kirsan - Ankara:

"We created it several years ago in Ankara, in Istanbul [sic - CN]. The company provides consultations in communications and real estate. Through this company, I got to know the owners of the Renaissance and other Turkish companies actively operating on the Russian market. Russia's sanctions will of course seriously affect our relations. We are talking about the turnovers in milliards of dollars." 



Wasn't Ilyumzhinov trying to

Wasn't Ilyumzhinov trying to rename Russian Finance Alliance to FIDE-Bank at the time he bought into it and was named board chairman? And now he claims to have no connection to it?
Perhaps Syria makes a more interesting interview topic than banking, but he could have faced a further question or two about his role in RFA Bank.

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