Chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin was suspended by the international chess federation for 6 months for aggressively supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on social media. The 32-year-old is an avid supporter of President Vladimir Putin.
Sergey Karjakin has been a fierce suppoerter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (AFP Photo)
- 32-year-old Karjakin was presented the medal of the order “For Merit to the Fatherland”
- Karjakin was suspended by international chess federation for backing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
- Karjakin, who was born in Crimea, represented Ukraine until 2009
Chess grandmaster Sergey Karjakin was presented with a state award by Russia 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 had formerly represented Ukraine, has been a staunch supporter of Putin and he vehemently backed Moscow sending troops across the border to Ukraine on social media. His comments prompted the International Chess Federation (FIDE) to suspend him for six months for breaching its code of ethics in March.
Shortly after he was suspended, Putin announced a medal of the order “For Merit to the Fatherland”, a distinction awarded to Russians who have made outstanding achievements in their fields, the news agency Reuters said.
Karjakin, who held the record for the youngest grandmaster when he achieved the feat aged 12, had challenged Norway’s Magnus Carlsen for the world title in 2016.
Karjakin, who was born in Crimea and represented Ukraine until 2009, called the decision to suspend him shameful.