Candidate for FIDE president Dvorkovich accuses competitor of nepotism and corruption

Candidate for FIDE president Dvorkovich accuses competitor of nepotism and corruption
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Candidate for the presidency at the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Dvorkovich accuses incumbent Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos of corruption.

The candidate for the presidency at FIDE Arkady Dvorkovich has made a move, bringing numerous charges of nepotism and corruption against the Greek Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos. The former is one of Dvorkovich's competitors in the upcoming presidential election of the Federation.

He presented his suspicions in a letter to the FIDE Anti-Corruption Committee, which he posted on his Twitter account.

Dvorkovich drew attention to the fact that the judges from the ‘chess superpower countries’ – Russia and the United States – would not attend the Olympics in Batumi.

According to him, initially, an arbitrator from Russia had been invited; but as soon as the Russian submitted his candidacy for the FIDE presidency, the invitation was withdrawn.

Meanwhile, a few countries will have two representatives at the sporting event. He also said that the system of appointments in the Federation is corrupt and those who support Makropoulos are constantly getting well-paid posts.

To recall, June 12, the World Chess Federation announced the establishment of a special committee intended to ensure honesty and transparency of the presidential elections, which are to be held in the autumn. Dvorkovich said that he decided to take advantage of this opportunity.

Arkady Dvorkovich is a member of the board of trustees of the Russian Chess Federation. He was an assistant to the Russian president until 2012. Then, until May this year, he held the post of Deputy Prime Minister for Fuel and Energy. In June, he nominated himself for the post of head of the World Chess Federation.

Previously, FIDE was headed by former President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. He left his post with a scandal over violation of ethics. Ilyumzhinov said that he fell a victim to a conspiracy and added that he would support Dvorkovich in the elections.

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