Dear Mr Siegel,
Hope you keeping well.
I read with interest your explanations to Peter Doggers in www.chess.com about FIDE expenses and current financial situation. I have question to you related to this matter which I will raise during the GA in Baku, so you can start preparing your answer.
Last year FIDE had 187.883€ legal expenses with budgeted 30.000€. Why is that? Let me explain if you aren’t informed properly.
On the end of 2014 the new ECU management started case of pure political and personal revenge against myself and my colleagues from the previous team. They went to FIDE Ethic commission who accepted the case with joy, without having any knowledge or jurisdiction to the ECU matters. Anyway, that’s not important. What’s really important is when we appealed in CAS, ECU dropped the case declaring they won’t go further. The result was FIDE covered the expenses of the case , my guess is around 100.000€.