This re-election was hailed by the Kremlin, which spoke of a “significant victory”.
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Posted on 08/07/2022 13:12 Updated on 08/07/2022 14:48
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Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkadi Dvorkovitch was re-elected on Sunday August 7 as president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), announced the head of the FIDE electoral commission, Roberto Rivello. He was pitted against a Ukrainian rival who claimed his position was untenable due to the war in Ukraine.
Largely re-elected (157 votes out of 179), Arkadi Dvorkovitch was accused just before the vote by the Ukrainian grand master Andrii Baryshpolets of having “enormous links with the Russian government”. “You, Arkadi, are responsible for what is happening in Ukraine now. You are responsible for the rise of the Russian government and the Russian war machine,” he denounced.
Arkadi Dvorkovitch defended himself by explaining that he had adopted “a strong position on the tragic events in Ukraine” in March. He had claimed that his “thoughts [allaient] to Ukrainian civilians”. He then qualified his position by declaring that there was “no place for Nazism or the domination of certain countries over others”, remarks perceived as support for the Kremlin. The re-election of Arkadi Dvorkovitch was also hailed by the Kremlin, who spoke of “very good news” and “very significant victory”.
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