Sergey Karjakin was born in Ukraine and played for his homeland, but switched allegiance to Russia in 2009 and appeared to support the invasion of the adopted country.
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One of the youngest chess stars to ever win the grandmaster title will face disciplinary action after showing public support for Russia’s invasion of Russia. Ukraine.
Sergey Karjakin was born in the Crimean city of Simferopol during the dying days of the Soviet Union, and represented Ukraine in its early days as a chess prodigy.
He became the youngest grandmaster ever to win the title at the age of 12 years and seven months, although that record has been surpassed ever since.
In 2009, at the age of 19, Karjakin moved to Moscow and became loyal to Russiahas competed under the flag of his host country ever since.
Although his hometown in Crimea was annexed in 2014 and his original homeland is currently being invaded by Russian forces, it seems the 32-year-old is firmly backing Vladimir Putin after dismissing the Russian leader’s statement as to the reason for the military action.
In an open letter to Putin, he wrote: “I appeal to you at this difficult time, when our country, led by you, is fighting for the safety of the Russian people in peace. peace in Donbass and Lugansk People’s Republic.
“It is fighting for the demilitarization and demilitarization of Ukraine with its ruling regime, which has put the security of the whole of Europe and our country in jeopardy, because of its goals and ambitions. politics of this country.
“I am closely following the special operation that is taking place, in the lands where I spent my childhood, where I learned to play chess and where my loved ones still live.
“For eight long years we have waited in the hope of being saved from countless shelling and loss of life, the ongoing genocide of the Kiev regime is still in action.
“I express to you, our Commander-in-Chief, fully in favor of defending the interests of Russia, our multinational Russian people, eliminating threats and establishing peace! May you quickly complete all the tasks assigned to our heroic army.” “
Karjakin’s public statement provoked widespread criticism from the chess world, and led to the International Chess Federation (FIDE) announcing disciplinary action against him and chess player Sergey Shipov.
The agency also announced that Russia and Belarus will be banned from hosting FIDE events, while players from these countries will not be allowed to compete under their flags.
“In order to protect FIDE from reputational, financial and other possible risks, FIDE terminates all existing funding agreements with any Belarusian and Russian state-owned companies sanction and/or will not enter into new funding agreements with any such company”.
“The FIDE Board condemns any public statement from any member of the chess community advocating unjustified military action and brings the case of chess masters Sergey Karjakin and Sergey Shipov to the Committee. Ethics and Discipline.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/chess-grandmaster-sergey-karjakin-ukraine-26351273 Chess master faces disciplinary punishment for supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine