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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basler88 basler88 9/13/2016 05:28
yesenadam do you still believe in the Easter Bunny? OK then you’re right otherwise read about Ilyumzhinov history and why he is in trouble in the USA and other places.
yesenadam yesenadam 9/13/2016 11:04
from the TASS article: "Ilyumzhinov is suing for restitution of $50 billion and seeks apologies"

"I promise to use that money for development of chess." he says.
kyklop kyklop 9/13/2016 10:57
I love Kirsan. He is not of this world! He is welcome to ask for "Christiania" citizenship.
sicilian_D sicilian_D 9/13/2016 01:17
He is "awesome!" hahahha
basler88 basler88 9/12/2016 11:02
That will never happen!! Criminal don’t get a Citizenship only in Russia. Great point rohuegel!
rohuegel rohuegel 9/12/2016 10:53
Please save stories like this for April 1!
Globular Globular 9/12/2016 06:30
Fix your headline please! Sending a letter to the US President does not constitute "Applying" for US citizenship. Obviously Kirsan hasn't come close to meeting any of the requirements needed to apply to become a US citizen.
TheSame Wastrel TheSame Wastrel 9/12/2016 04:40
I hate to destroy Mr. Ilyumzhinov's dream, but President Obama cannot simply make him a US citizen.
michaelriber michaelriber 9/12/2016 03:39
OK, it's official. The Putin of chess has now gone completely bonkers...