The President of World Chess was accused of involvement in oil deals with traces to the Islamic State. While little information is available about the activities of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, he was once part of President Putin’s inner circle, and has been on a US wanted list since November 2015. Reports indicate that he may have facilitated the sale of oil between ISIL and the Syrian regime. This is particularly interesting as questions remain about who exactly bought ISIL’s oil, and what level of complicity they had in those activities.
February 16, 2018 — JMD