All the Russian news agencies are reporting that 17 members of the 32-member Supervisory Council of the Russian Chess Federation have nominated Anatoly Karpov for the FIDE presidency. This is huge news, especially after Ilyumzhinov and and Council president Dvorkovich tried to hijack the nomination without a vote a few weeks ago. Even in today's meeting in Moscow they tried first to postpone this meeting when they realized the votes were against them, and then some last-minute shenanigans to move the meeting to a closed-door location at a bank and further delay proceedings. But the delegates held firm and raised their hands, 17 getting over the line for a majority regardless of what Dvorkovich and Ilyumzhinov try. There are still various technicalities to quibble over, but the bottom line is that the delegates showed up and a majority voted for Karpov.
This means Karpov has put Ilyumzhinov into a clearly losing position, though I doubt he'll resign it. Without the support of his own country, and without the international support of a legend like Karpov, he'll have to do something tragic like have his own presidential board nominate him. And without Russian Federation support, the rest of the old CIS is unlikely to show him any love.
For some reason the number that went out on the wires is 18, not the 17 my source on the scene is giving me, and he's holding the list of names. Selivanov, Krjukov, Bakh, Beshukov, Ertel, Afromeev, Titov, Giljazov, Khasin, Zinder, Kazakov, Goncharov, Razuvaev, Fedorova, Sapfirov, Shaidullin, Ivakhin. Apparently Dvorkovich and other Ilyumzhinov guys went for a last-second boycott of the meeting, but it wasn't enough to prevent the quorum. No matter what they do now, the 17 votes are on record. Also, Selivanov was today nominated as VP of FIDE and voting delegate. Krjukov as the director of the Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad. (Ilyumzhinov had tried to appoint his own guy for this, but it's the right of the Federation to do this and they exercised that right.)
Well, let them say 18, or 38, but it's a done deal. Fantastic street-fighting politics in Moscow and the good guys won for once!