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EDITORIAL: Russia is a Sick, Diseased Country

EDITORIAL

Russia is a Sick, Diseased Country

A few weeks ago we wrote about how the Putin Kremlin (in the person of insider Arkady Dvorkovich) was lobbying to help an insane maniac named Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (who believes he was kidnapped by space aliens) continue to rule the international chess federation.

Now, the Putin regime’s conduct in the matter has gone from the outrageous to the truly nauseating.

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EDITORIAL: Russia Jumps the Rails

EDITORIAL

Russia Jumps the Rails

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, space cadet, makes his move

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is the ruler of the Russian region of Kalmykia, next to Rostov, just south of Volgograd. He’s also chief of the FIDE, the international chess federation, thrust into that position by Russian lobbying.

Andrei Lebedev is a member of the Russian parliament, affiliated with Vladimir Zhironovsky’s “Liberal Democratic” party.  Hearing Zhirik’s name, you may suspect that this story is going to get weird and scary, but quick.  If so, you’re right in spades.

Last week, Lebedev called for an investigation of Ilyumzhinov.  The reason?  Lebedev believes that Ilyumzhinov may have passed important state secrets to Russia’s enemies.  On another planet.

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