Kirsan Ilyumzhinov applies for US citizenship

9/12/2016 – At first it seems to be hard to believe but according to the Russian News Agency TASS Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama to apply for US citizenship. This surprising move by the FIDE President seems to be directed against the sanctions imposed on him by the U.S. Department of Treasury. As Ilyumzhinov explained, as a US citizen the sanctions "could be considered at a local court".

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FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov asked Obama for US citizenship

September 11, 10:57 UTC+3

As Ilyumzhinov said, he had asked for the U.S. citizenship so that his case could be considered at a local court.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (Photo: TASS)

BAKU, September 11. /TASS/.

President of the International Chess Federation [FIDE] Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in a letter to the U.S. President Barack Obama asked for the U.S. citizenship.

Earlier, he sent a letter to the U.S. president and received a notification it was registered.

"I have asked the U.S. president for the U.S. citizenship for me, so that my case - regarding putting me on the sanctions list of the U.S. Department of Treasury - could be considered at a local court," he told FIDE members in Baku (Azerbaijan) on Sunday. "I want my case to be considered in the U.S., under the U.S. legislation."

The FIDE president said he would claim compensation from the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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