The President of the International chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov didn’t ask Barack Obama to grant him US citizenship, as reported earlier, on Sunday, September 11, a number of media, including the website NEWSru.com.
Ilyumzhinov only expressed willingness to consider this option if necessary – under the protection of his interests, as reported by the Agency «R-Sport» Director of FIDE representative office in Russia Berik balgabayev.
In may this year President of the International chess Federation has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department, demanding payment in the amount of $ 50 billion and an apology for his inclusion in the sanctions list. Ilyumzhinov claims that there are no grounds for this, us officials were not .
«The information that Kirsan Nikolaevich has asked US citizenship is a distortion of facts. He didn’t, he just expressed his willingness to consider the option of adoption, if necessary to protect its interests in the USA» – quotes the words Balgabaeva.