“These sanctions are a reward. Not every person gets to be on a sanctions list.”
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov LINK
As predicted a while back on this blog, the Kalmyk billionaire has been able to play his ‘patriotic duty‘ card now that his name has been added to the US sanctions list. This assures Ilyumzhinov hero-scale status in Russia, while in the chess world the sanctioned FIDE president has gained even more admirers. Chess players love underdogs!