Karpov and Conn for FIDE leadership in the upcoming election. The U.S. is one of, at last count, 158 voting member countries.
Karpov is a former World Champion, and Russian, dominating the game between Fischer and Kasparov. Conn is a U.S. citizen and an international lawyer with strong ties to Moscow. He is fluent in Russian.
They face off against Ilyumzhinov, the current FIDE President, who is also President of the Republic of Kalmykia of the Russian Federation, and his deputy, Makropoulos, who runs the day-to-day affairs of the FIDE.