The President of the International chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, in which he asked to grant him US citizenship. This itself will be told during the performance before members of FIDE in Baku, reports TASS.
“I asked the President of the United States to grant me American citizenship to make my case about the inclusion in the sanctions list of the US Treasury looked at in the local court”, — quotes Agency the words of Ilyumzhinov.
Ilyumzhinov was subjected to sanctions of the U.S. Treasury at the end of November 2015. The Agency explained the decision of the head of FIDE relationships with already under sanctions from the head of the Central Bank of Syria ADIB Mileham. In December of the same year, the head of FIDE said that strongly disagree with his inclusion in the black list of the U.S. Treasury.
In late August, Ilyumzhinov was not allowed to Board the liner American airlines Delta flying on the route Moscow — new York. Ilyumzhinov reported that on the eve of departure “talking with the Finance Ministry [USA] and with the Commission, which has imposed sanctions against me”. “I specifically informed that I was flying and want an answer to their administrative case, which they sent, them to pass,” he said.
The refusal of Delta to allow him on the flight, the head of FIDE, explained the attempts of the American authorities to avoid a “fair trial”.