FIDE: confession of criminal behavior
Makro admits to criminal enterprise
Hard to believe, but TRUE! It has always amazed me how chess players can sometimes be so STUPID. Yesterday , on the FIDE site, saw published an article ‘FIDE announces anti-corruption measures.’
The 2nd paragraph of this article reads:
FIDE is a Swiss registered organisation and its policy is clear in relation to bribery and other forms of corruption. The solicitation, the offer, the payment and/or the acceptance of inducements, in any form, is unacceptable and subject to sanction by the FIDE Ethics Commission and/or Swiss authorities. Offering or accepting bribes (‘bribery’) is a criminal offence, in Swiss law, and there are penalties, both civil and criminal, for those who undertake such offences.
Just taking the most recent FIDE election, in 2014, FIDE openly offered $80,000 to the Canadian Chess Federation in return for its vote. There is plenty of documentation on this transaction, as it was done publicly. I even wrote about this here on this blog!
Furthermore, Canada was not the only FIDE member to be offered tens of thousands of dollars in return for votes. Both Kasparov (thru his foundation) and FIDE were actively competing in these ‘negotiations’.
My question to Makropoulos is this: given that this was the modus operandi of FIDE for many years, have you contacted the Swiss authorities and offered to hand yourself (and your colleagues) in and be prosecuted under the full extent of Swiss law?
That would be doing a real service to FIDE, and be much appreciated by the entire world chess community.
ATTENTION: NICK FAULKS
On the Canadian chess message boards one can find literally hundreds of references to the $80,000 ‘bribe’ from FIDE. Official CFC (Canadian Chess Federation) documents also have detailed references to this transaction. The CFC president, Vlad Drkulec, was quite transparent about this entire episode, freely discussing the details. It is even mentioned in 2018!