Ionuț Iamandi is a Senior Editor at Radio Romania Actualitati, with media experience in several newsrooms in Bucharest (daily Adevărul) and London (BBC World Service, the Romanian office). He is a contributor to Dilema Veche, Historia and Pallas Athena magazines, writing book reviews, comments and pieces on recent history. He published the books "The Chess Players. Short Stories", (1920), ”Inner Weeks. A Coronavirus Diary” (2020) and “Election Year 1946. Romanian Comunist Party in Campaign at Radio” (2019).
The summit on climate change, COP26, brings no breaking news: we already know that a critical point has been reached. However, just knowing it doesn't help. We need urgent measures and policies that can no longer be postponed if we want to give future generations a chance.
Since Lenin, many communist leaders have tried to play and promote chess. Most of the time, these leaders were pathetic players, who were not able to face a tournament of medium and even amateur level; except, perhaps, for one organized only among themselves, an event which, however, never took place, despite the socialist friendship between their peoples. But that did not stop the same communist leaders from turning chess into a powerful propaganda tool during the Cold War. And in this respect, the Soviets were indeed champions.
There is a discrepancy between the Western estimates, according to which there were hundreds of thousands of rape victims, and the Russian ones, where figures are in the order of tens. But let’s see the arguments of each side of the dispute.