Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin & FIDE Pres. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin & FIDE Pres. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks with then Kalmykia regional leader Kirsan Ilyumzhinov during a meeting in Moscow, on August 8, 2006. Ilyumzhinov has been president of the chess federation since 1995.