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World Chess Federation chief ready for polygraph test to prove invalidity of US sanctions

March 03, 19:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The United States Department of Treasury imposed sanctions against Russia’s Kirsan Ilyumzhinov stating that he had been "materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria"
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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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MOSCOW, March 3. /TASS/. Russia’s Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), said on Thursday he was ready to undergo a lie detector test in the United States in regard to sanctions imposed against him by the Department of Treasury.

In late November, the United States Department of Treasury imposed sanctions against Ilyumzhinov stating that he had been "materially assisting and acting for or on behalf of the Government of Syria, Central Bank of Syria." Ilyumzhinov denied the allegations saying he had no commercial interests in Syria.

"I have turned to the US authorities telling them that a can take a polygraph test and answer all questions with the use of a lie detector," Ilyumzhinov said. "Nothing but silence [from the authorities] since then. The whole investigation will take up to 90 days."

Ilyumzhinov said earlier this week that he planned to go to New York for the 2016 FIDE World Chess Championship in November and hoped that the US-imposed sanctions would have been lifted by that time.

"The US Department of Treasury has already accepted my complaints and I am currently working with my lawyers on the issue of the sanctions’ revocation," he announced on Tuesday.

Russian businessman and longtime FIDE President Ilyumzhinov was reelected to this post in August 2014 beating former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Ilyumzhinov won 110 votes while Grandmaster Kasparov was supported by 61 FIDE members.

The 53-year-old FIDE president, who headed the federation since 1995, promised to seek the introduction of chess in the program of Winter Olympics. In 2010, Ilyumzhinov faced a similar challenge by another former world champion, Anatoly Karpov, Kasparov's long-time rival.

On Thur, Ilyumzhinov announced that he intended to submit his candidacy for re-election in 2018.

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