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Vladimir Putin presents a state award to chess grandmaster Karjakin for publicly supporting the invasion of Ukraine


Chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin has been suspended for 6 months by the international chess federation for promoting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on social media. The 32-year-old is an ardent supporter of President Vladimir Putin.

Sergey Karjakin is a staunch supporter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Image: AFP)

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  • Karjakin, 32 years old, was awarded the medal “For the Fatherland”
  • Karjakin has been suspended by the international chess federation for supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
  • Karjakin, who was born in Crimea, represented Ukraine until 2009

Chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin has been awarded a state award by Russian President Vladimir Putin after the 32-year-old was suspended by the international chess federation for publicly supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Sergey Karjakin, who previously represented Ukraine, is a staunch supporter of Putin and he has vehemently supported Moscow’s move to send troops across the border to Ukraine on social media. His comments prompted the International Chess Federation (FIDE) to suspend him for six months for violating its code of ethics in March.

Reuters news agency reported that, shortly after being suspended from work, President Putin announced the medal “For meritorious service to the Fatherland”, a noble award awarded to Russians with outstanding achievements in the military. their fields.

Karjakin, who held the record for youngest grandmaster at the age of 12, challenged Norway’s Magnus Carlsen for the world title in 2016.

Karjakin, who was born in Crimea and represented Ukraine until 2009, called his suspension decision shameful.



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