President of the National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan Alisher Sultanov expressed sincere gratitude and appreciation to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov for congratulations and wishes on the birthday of Mr Sultanov and his appointment to the post of Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In his letter Alisher Sultanov noted that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's visit to Uzbekistan will serve to further strengthen friendly relations and strong cooperation between Uzbekistan and FIDE.

On December 14, in Moscow, President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with head of Chechnya, Hero of Russia Ramzan Kadyrov and State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov.

As you know, Ramzan Kadyrov is President of Chess Federation of the North Caucasus Federal District. They love and know how to play chess in Chechnya. That's why Ramzan Kadyrov, besides practicing power sports, pays attention to the ancient game on daily basis.

Dear Arkady Naminovich! I heartily congratulate you on your birthday. Today is a real celebration day for all lovers of wonderful Kalmyk songs. You made so many people happy by listening to your beautiful music.

Your songs will always be popular; they are listened to and played not only in our native Kalmykia, but also in many countries of the world. You have written hundreds of songs, many of which have already become nationwide success.

On December 13, at a meeting with Deputy Minister of Sports Mirwais Bahavi, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov offered to launch a pilot project "Chess in schools" in private schools. Both parties inspected the land for construction of a chess centre.

Ilyumzhinov agreed on his next visit to sign a document on cooperation in anti-drug prevention through chess with the head of department for combating drug trafficking Colonel Nezamuddin Bahavi -- a graduate of the Volgograd School of Militia.

On December 12, FIDE President arrived in Kabul. There, he met with President of the National Chess Federation Almas Zahid Haji Mohammad, who is senior advisor and special envoy to President on national coordination affairs.

Almas Zahid Haji Mohammad congratulated Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and all residents of Kalmykia on a New Year -- Zul holiday. He also thanked the guest for coming to Afghanistan at such a difficult time.

Dear countrymen,

I congratulate you on the occasion of Zul holiday! According to the ancient tradition, our people solemnly celebrate this sacred day for every Kalmyk to which all families look forward with special attention. We associate this holiday with the fulfillment of good wishes, prosperity and success in the New Year.

Today, we will remember the customs of our ancestors, pray for happiness for our loved ones and carry wishes for peace and harmony in our homes. Zul is the beginning of new achievements and the beginning of a new year in every family.

"Chess is the most democratic sport," President of the International Chess Federation asserted. "It is easily accessible, does not require large financial investments and promotes a child's intellectual development. Chess playing children improve their performance in all subjects. A positive result of introducing chess into educational programmes in schools around the world is obvious."

On December 8, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the central office of the Moscow State Housing Inspectorate. It is headed by Oleg Kichikov, formerly Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Kalmykia.

Ilyumzhinov took part in the ceremony of awarding the laureates of the New Year Blitz Team Tournament, which was held in the premises of the Moscow Inspectorate. Seven teams, composed of the staffs of territorial units and management, competed in the tournament. President of FIDE signed certificates of merit and put his signature on chessboards for all participants of the competition.

Dear Vitaly Leontievich! Please accept the most sincere and heartfelt congratulations on the occasion of your birthday!

As the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, you are making great efforts to develop sport in our country, support athletes and develop the Olympic and Paralympic movement in Russia.

An exhibition "Unity of Cultural Values ​​of Youth" was opened at the Business and Cultural Complex of Embassy of Belarus in Russia in November this year. The works of art by young Russians, who were born or lived in Belarus, are exhibit there. There are 34 paintings and icons in total. On December 6, Embassy of Belarus hosted a meeting of young artists and patrons of the arts investing in contemporary art.

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