Russian chess player suspended for supporting Ukraine invasion

Sergei Karjakin

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Russian chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin, one of the best players in the world, has been suspended for six months by the International Chess Federation after publicly expressing support for his country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Karjakin, who was at one point the youngest player to achieve the Grandmaster title (at just 12 years old), had previously represented Ukraine in international competition before switching allegiance to Russia in 2009. He has expressed support for the invasion of Russia. on social media since hostilities began, leading to clashes with fans and fellow chess players.

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He also broadcast Russian propaganda:

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In light of this, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) recently opened disciplinary action against Karjakin and another Russian player who has been publicly pro-invasion, Sergei Shipov. While clearing Shipov because he “is considerably less well-known and therefore has a less powerful platform,” Karjakin was found guilty of violating FIDE’s code of ethics.

decision was published on the Federation’s website:

“Sergey Karjakin’s statements on the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine have generated a considerable number of reactions on social media and elsewhere, largely negative towards the opinions expressed by Sergey Karjakin.“, we read in point 7.37 of the 10-page document where the EDC explains the reasons and the legal framework of its decision.

He continues: “A necessary condition for the establishment of guilt is that the statements have fallen into the public domain. This concept, as far as discredit clauses in sport are concerned, is not the world at large but the sport in which the accused is involved, such as chess. Information regarding the conduct of the accused which is not published in the media, but which can be learned without much work by persons engaged in the world of chess or a relevant part of it, will be in the public domain. and will satisfy the element of public display. The EDC Chamber is comfortably satisfied that this condition is met in this case.

“The EDC chamber considers, in the context set out above, at the level of comfortable satisfaction that the statements of Sergey Karjakin, which by his own choice and presentation can be related to the game of chess, damage the reputation the game of chess and/or FIDE. The likelihood that these statements will damage the reputation of Sergey Karjakin personally is also considerable,” he concludes.

Responding to the suspension, Karjakin wrote on his Telegram page (as translated by The Guardian):

An expected decision, but no less shameful of FIDE. All sports selections have been trampled on, the basic principle that sport is out of politics has been trampled on. More importantly, I am first and foremost a patriot of my country and only secondarily I am an athlete. If I thought back to the situation where I supported the president of Russia, the people and the army I would have done the same! I regret nothing.

A gentle reminder that from work to sex to sports washsports is entirely on politics.

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