Thursday, May 26, 2005

Son of FIDE President Kirsan Ilumzhinov Badly Beaten

MosNewsPolice have badly beaten the son of Kirsan Ilumzhinov, president ofthe Republic of Kalmykia and the head of the FIDE chess organization,Regnum reported Thursday.16-year-old David Ilumzhinov was out street racing with two friends ata deserted airport near Elista, the republic's capital. The cityadministration permits street racing at the airfield.Four policemen, among them the head of Elista's criminal investigationdepartment, Vitaly Elkuev, were off duty and drinking alcohol near theairport, Regnum reports, when they decided to check the teenagers'documents and look in the trunk of their car.The president's son told the policemen his name and asked forpermission to leave, but he and his friends were then beaten up.Afterwards the boys left in their car with the policemen chasing them,the agency reports. As a result of the high-speed chase the boy's carcrashed.In spite of the injuries that the youngsters sustained in theaccident, they were once more beaten up by the drunk policemen. Allthree of them are currently in the hospital.Three of the four policemen have been detained, the republic'sprosecutor, Sergei Khlopushin, told journalists. They are accused ofexceeding their authority, but the severity of the charges now dependson the condition of the victims, which remains unstable, Regnum adds.Kirsan Ilumzhinov became Kalmykia's president in 1993 at the age of30. He was reelected in 1995 with 85 percent of the vote. He has alsobeen the president of FIDE chess federation since 1995.

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