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Russian Chess Grandmaster Banned From Competing For Expressing ‘Wrong’ Political Opinion

Six month suspension for chess prodigy who said he supports actions of Putin to ‘denazify’ Ukraine

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A Russian chess prodigy has been banned from competing internationally by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) because he expressed the wrong political opinion, speaking in favour of his country’s actions in Ukraine.

32-year-old chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin expressed support for Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, writing an open letter to Vladimir Putin that stated Russia is “fighting for the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine with its ruling regime, which has put the security of all of Europe and our country at risk, for the sake of its political goals and ambitions.”

Amplifying Putin’s narrative on the Ukraine skirmish, Karjakin further wrote that “For eight long years we have been waiting with hope for salvation from countless shelling and loss of human lives, the ongoing genocide by the still acting Kiev regime.”

He continued, “I express to you, our commander-in-chief, full support in protecting the interests of Russia, our multinational Russian people, eliminating threats and establishment of peace! I wish you the speedy fulfilment of all the tasks assigned to our valiant army.”

After previously announcing a blanket ban of Russia and Belarus from team events, FIDE moved to suspend Karjakin from individual events for at least six months.

“The statements by Sergey Karjakin on the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine has led to a considerable number of reactions on social media and elsewhere, to a large extent negative towards the opinions expressed by Sergey Karjakin,” said FIDE in a statement, adding that they have found the grandmaster guilty of ‘breaching the Code of Ethics’.

The statement concluded that “The EDC Chamber finds, against the background given above, on the standard of comfortable satisfaction that the statements of Sergey Karjakin, which, by his own choice and presentation, can be connected to the game of chess, damage the reputation of the game of chess and/or FIDE. The likelihood that these statements will damage the reputation of Sergey Karjakin personally is also considerable.”

Prior to the FIDE suspension, Karjakin had already been blacklisted from several chess events, including tournaments in the UK and Norway and banned by the Grand Chess Tour and from Chess.com.

Responding to the suspension, Karjakin said: “I’m disappointed. You understand, this is not just a suspension for six months, everything was planned. The idea was to prevent me from playing in the Candidates Tournament and to deprive me of a possible entry into the [world title] match with Magnus Carlsen.”

He added, “I don’t know if I’ll be returning in six months to tournaments under the auspices of FIDE. They dishonored not me, but themselves. I just don’t remember such a precedent when a chess player was not allowed on principle. It’s a shame.”

He also charged that the FIDE ban is political, because the body’s president Arkady Dvorkovich is Russian.

“Dvorkovich is trying to show that he is a European official. He wants to remain FIDE president. He decided to sacrifice me for his political ambitions,” Karjakin further noted.

Karjakin was also quoted by Russia’s TASS news agency that he will not be appealing the FIDE ruling, noting “I don’t see the point of filing an appeal — any court will take the side of Europe. And FIDE is an international sports organization that does the same as everyone else. And by some coincidence, a Russian is still leading it. I think that this is not for long.”

Karjakin added “I understood that there was such a danger [of disqualification], but I believe that I am first and foremost a citizen and patriot of my country, and I say this without any boasting. If such a situation arose again, I would not keep my mouth shut, but again I would write such a letter. I do not regret a bit what I did. Choosing between supporting my country and participating in the Candidates Tournament, I would always choose the first one.”

As we’ve previously noted, there have been a multitude of anti-Russian actions and sentiments that have little to do with the current regime’s activities in Ukraine. Although Karjakin expressed support for his country’s actions, other sports competitors have been banned for not bending the knee and denouncing Putin, despite not issuing any statements of support whatsoever.

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has banned a a young Russian prodigy pianist from taking part in its events, despite the musician publicly opposing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It’s not enough to submit to the mob by performing a public act of ideological subservience.

Anyone and everything Russian is up for erasure, including Russian cats, Russian Air B&Bs and Russian teams in FIFA Video games.

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    Ukrainian Official Admits She Lied About Russians Committing Mass Rape to Convince Countries to Send More Weapons

    And it worked.

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    The top Ukrainian official who was fired for spreading misinformation has admitted that she lied about Russians committing mass rape in order to convince western countries to send more weapons to Ukraine.

    Lyudmila Denisova, the former Ukrainian Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights, was removed from her position following a vote of no confidence in the Ukrainian parliament which passed by a margin of 234-to-9.

    Parliament member Pavlo Frolov specifically accused Denisova of pushing misinformation that “only harmed Ukraine” in relation to “the numerous details of ‘unnatural sexual offenses’ and child sexual abuses in the occupied territories, which were unsupported by evidence.”

    In an interview published by a Ukrainian news outlet, Denisova admitted that her falsehoods had achieved their intended goal.

    “When, for example, I spoke in the Italian parliament at the Committee on International Affairs, I heard and saw such fatigue from Ukraine, you know? I talked about terrible things in order to somehow push them to make the decisions that Ukraine and the Ukrainian people need,” she said.

    Denisova noted that Italy’s Five Star Movement was originally “against the provision of weapons to us, but after [her] speech, one of the party leaders… said that they will support [us], including by the provision of weapons.”

    Despite the fact that her claims about mass rape were false, they were repeatedly amplified by legacy media outlets like CNN and the Washington Post.

    “The media was quick to put this woman’s BS claims out but couldn’t care less about correcting the record,” writes Chris Menahan.

    Indeed, there have been innumerable outright hoaxes and falsehoods throughout the war where so-called ‘fact checkers’ have been noticeable by their absence.

    These include radiation leaks at besieged nuclear plants which turned out not to have occurred, the media’s complete misinformation about what happened on Snake Island, the ‘Ghost of Kiev Hoax, as well as the ‘attack’ on a Holocaust memorial that never happened.

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    Kremlin Responds to Claims Putin is Terminally Ill

    Dubious claims have been making the rounds in western media for weeks.

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    Russia has responded to claims that keep appearing in western media outlets, including those made by ‘peegate’ dossier author Christopher Steele, that Vladimir Putin is dying of a terminal illness.

    Lurid assertions about Putin’s health appear to be part of a black propaganda campaign to deflate the ‘masculine’ image Putin tries to portray, given that they appear to be backed by no actual evidence whatsoever.

    Indeed, the much vaunted ‘fact-checkers’ seem to be AWOL on this one.

    The claims, which are almost always made by anonymous intelligence officials, include;

    – Putin has Parkinson’s disease.
    – Putin has dementia.
    – Putin has blood cancer.
    – Putin is suffering from “chemo brain”, a cognitive impairment caused by cancer treatment.
    – Putin recently underwent major surgery.
    – Putin is taking steroids to hide his symptoms.
    – Putin is “constantly” being followed around by doctors.
    – Putin is fooling the word by using “pre-recorded appearances.”
    – Putin is using “body doubles” and “actors” to fulfil his public appearances.
    – Putin’s health woes have weakened his grip on power, which is now tenuous.
    – Putin may even be dead already but that it won’t be admitted for “months” to avoid a Kremlin coup.

    Of course, no one knows the true state of Putin’s health because NATO-aligned spies and corporate media outlets will always seek to play up the most dire speculation in an effort to undermine the Russian president.

    One insight into the veracity of such reports is that the claims are being amplified by British spy Christopher Steele, who infamously authored the dubious Trump dossier which has been roundly debunked.

    The report, which was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign in an effort to get dirt on Trump, ludicrously claimed that Trump had visited Moscow to have women urinate on him.

    “It was later revealed that Trump did not go to Russia when Steele claimed he did, and that Steele’s primary source for the document was based in the United States, not Russia. That source later personally debunked the “pee tape” allegation while speaking to the FBI,” writes Tom Pappert.

    Even the New York Times was forced to acknowledge that Steele’s work has been “discredited,” so his claims on Putin’s health should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Russia has now officially responded to the claims in the form of a statement made by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who stressed that Putin makes daily appearances in public.

    “You can see him on TV screens, read, and listen to his speeches. I don’t think that a sane person can suspect any signs of an illness or ailment in this man,” said Lavrov.

    “I’ll leave it on the conscience of those who disseminate such rumors despite daily opportunities for everyone to see how he and others look like,” he added.

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    Sky News Interview Cut Short After Mention of Zelensky Posting Soldier With SS Insignia

    Well, this is awkward.

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    A Sky News interview with Russian First Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy was cut short after mention was made of President Zelensky posting an image of a soldier wearing SS insignia.

    Zelensky posted his Victory Day statement along with a collection of images of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians.

    However, after it was revealed that one of the Ukrainian soldiers was wearing a symbol of the Totenkopf division of the SS, the post was hastily deleted.

    During the interview, Polyanskiy made reference to the controversy, but was quickly cut off after bringing it up.

    “Do you know what it is? It’s an emblem of a German SS division in the Second World War. So he published on the Victory Day an emblem of a fighter of Right Sector [banned in Russia] with this emblem, saying that this is a symbol of [the] fight against Nazism as he sees it,” Polyanskiy said.

    “This was deleted after half an hour but, of course, we have a copy of this… It means that [the] UK now is covering Ukrainian authorities, which display Nazi symbols during the Victory Day,” he added.

    The host of the show seemed eager to prevent Polyanskiy from elaborating any further.

    “And there you have it, the famous freedom of speech in the West,” Polyanskiy subsequently joked on Telegram.

    “Now they think 100 times before inviting Russian diplomats on live broadcast,” he concluded.

    Yes, they may be Nazis, but they’re our Nazis!

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