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December 10, 2004

Klimov Resigns As Head Of Russian Deaflympics

From: - Dec 10, 2004

Moscow, Russia – Mr. Nikolay Klimov resigned as President of the Russian Deaflympic Committee. His resignation was immediately and fully accepted by the Board of the Russian Deaflympic Committee.

Mr. Valery Rukhledev, the much-admired and highly-experienced sports executive was an unanimous choice to replace Mr. Klimov as the President of the organization.

In addition, Mr. Rukhledev is presently campaigning for the position of the CISS/Deaflympics President. The elections will be held this coming January 4, 2005, at the 39th CISS Congress session in Melbourne, Australia.

Because of the widespread rumors in the country, the resignation of Mr. Klimov, a controversial figure in the deaf sports world, was an expected event.

Mr. Klimov was recently convicted by a Moscow court for his property ownership transfer signature forgery felony charge.

At the start of this week Mr. Klimov faced with his another major setback - he was served with court papers. That is, Mr. Klimov along with his son Slava, son-in-law Mr. Yakov Frenkel, and Ms. Donalda Ammons, the current CISS/Deaflympics Secretary General and Interim President, was named as one of the four defendants in the property theft and defamation of character lawsuit case.

Among one of the main charges in the just-launched Moscow lawsuit case is that Mr. Klimov is accused of getting involved with his accomplice Ms. Ammons in a well-planned and highly-intimidating scheme by calling the policemen to arrest plaintiffs Mr. Rafael Pinkhasov Pinchas and Mr. Felix Shlimovich during their nightly stay at a hotel in Sundsvall, Sweden, the site of the 15th Deaflympic Winter Games. Both Mr. Pinkhasov Pinchas and Mr. Shlimovich, upon presenting appropriate documents, were released by the police. However, because of the involvement of the police and security men, both Mr. Pinkhasov and Mr. Shlimovich were still prevented from attending the 38th CISS Congress sessions in Sweden.

Commented one long-time Russian acquaintance of Mr. Klimov who is listed as one of the 27 witnesses in a pending Moscow lawsuit case," Nikolay Klimov made three very poor judgments in his life: he stole the videotapes from his old friend, he collaborated with and was used by a deaf American lady named Miss Ammons in calling the police to arrest his two old deaf friends in Sweden and he placed his signature in a document to gain the building property transaction rights in the illegal manner. Now, he very, very dearly pays for his these misdeeds."