MOSCOW, March 28. /TASS/. The situation surrounding the alleged resignation of head of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, is both revolting and incomprehensible, FIDE Vice President Boris Kutin who represents Slovenia said in an interview with TASS.
On Monday, FIDE’s official website posted a statement on Ilyumzhinov’s supposed resignation. It stated that FIDE’s president allegedly announced his decision to step down at a meeting of the organization’s council in Athens on March 26. However, Ilyumzhinov rejected this report while talking to TASS.
"The situation looks both revolting and incomprehensible," Kutin stressed. "The FIDE Presidential Council meeting was held on Sunday, during which Kirsan Ilyumzhinov indeed spoke, twice, as a matter of fact - before the meeting at the end of it - about his possible resignation. He said that he is ready to step down, if necessary. However, there is no written confirmation of this, hence such an incomprehensible situation."
"The situation can be clarified only by Ilyumzhinov himself. Kirsan has some problems with sanctions, and the financial situation is not easy," the FIDE vice president emphasized.
On Monday, Ilyumzhinov sent a letter to all national chess federations, in which he stressed that the information about his alleged resignation does not conform to reality.