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Russia: Checkmate? Putin and Obama battle it out on $350,000 jewelled chessboard02:00

Russia: Checkmate? Putin and Obama battle it out on $350,000 jewelled chessboard

Russian Federation, Krasnoyarsk
April 1, 2017 at 18:07 GMT -00:00 · Published

A jeweller from Krasnoyarsk, Ruslan Timoschuk, has created a unique chessboard featuring former US President Barack Obama and current Russian President Vladimir Putin as the opposing kings, as seen in footage on Saturday.

The chess set, which is made of gold, silver and 102 diamonds, uses various political, national and historic figures and structures to form the two sides. The white queen represents Russia, while the black queen represents the Statue of Liberty and the pawns have been crafted into the Brandenburg Gate and the Kremlin Wall, among other iconic buildings and persons. In addition Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgi Zhukov and Generalissimo of the Imperial Russian Army Alexander Suvorov are bishops on the side of the whites, while on the other side stand the leader of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler and French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

The jeweller explained that the idea was sparked three years ago when the Maidan movement began in Ukraine. He decided to express his views on geopolitics past and present in the form of a chessboard, pitting Putin and Obama against one another.

Director of the Platinum jewellery shop Tatyana Blesk added that the chess board is designed for "a serious patriot."

All the chess pieces are handmade, and the whole set is thought to be the most expensive in Russia. Timoschuk valued its price at around $350,000 (€328,191).

Russia: Checkmate? Putin and Obama battle it out on $350,000 jewelled chessboard02:00
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A jeweller from Krasnoyarsk, Ruslan Timoschuk, has created a unique chessboard featuring former US President Barack Obama and current Russian President Vladimir Putin as the opposing kings, as seen in footage on Saturday.

The chess set, which is made of gold, silver and 102 diamonds, uses various political, national and historic figures and structures to form the two sides. The white queen represents Russia, while the black queen represents the Statue of Liberty and the pawns have been crafted into the Brandenburg Gate and the Kremlin Wall, among other iconic buildings and persons. In addition Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgi Zhukov and Generalissimo of the Imperial Russian Army Alexander Suvorov are bishops on the side of the whites, while on the other side stand the leader of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler and French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

The jeweller explained that the idea was sparked three years ago when the Maidan movement began in Ukraine. He decided to express his views on geopolitics past and present in the form of a chessboard, pitting Putin and Obama against one another.

Director of the Platinum jewellery shop Tatyana Blesk added that the chess board is designed for "a serious patriot."

All the chess pieces are handmade, and the whole set is thought to be the most expensive in Russia. Timoschuk valued its price at around $350,000 (€328,191).

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