On 17 June, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited a famous American and now Russian actor Steven Seagal.

Recall that the aikido master, the most famous Buddhist of Hollywood Stephen Seagal first visited Kalmykia in 2007 at the invitation of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who at that time was its president.
We already wrote that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Stephen Seagal played a game of chess in the Chess City town in 2007. According to Seagal, FIDE President Ilyumzhinov didn’t play in full strength. At the same time, as a sign of respect and recognition of Seagal's merits, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov signed a decree on conferring the title of "Honorary Citizen of Kalmykia" to the renowned American actor Stephen Seagal.

"The Russian team started confidently in the world championship. Stanislav Cherchesov’s players left no chance to the team of Saudi Arabia, and won 5-0. Congratulations to our guys on the victory!

I congratulate fans of the world with the start of the World Cup in Russia. I am confident that it will be held at the highest level and will give an unforgettable experience to everyone! I congratulate compatriots on the bright victory in the opening match! Well done!" Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said to the reporter of kirsan.today.

Dear friends! I sincerely congratulate all believers professing Islam with one of the most important Muslim holidays, Uraza Bayram!

This happy day, marking the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan, is a symbol representing for all people high moral values that epitomizes mercy, justice and humanism, compassion and love for one's neighbor.

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, it's the sixth year that you were elected president of FIDE. Throughout the world, chess both professional and amateur experienced disruption and sought a way out of the crisis. You boldly undertook to restore order. Our newspaper, understanding the complexity of the problems, immediately supported you and has been adhering to its position all this time. Please give your assessment to the past years of your presidency.

I remember how seventeen years ago Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and I dreamed of building an Orthodox cathedral in Elista.

In those days, the church life was almost non-existent in our steppe capital; Kalmykia was only a part of the Stavropol diocese. Our church had one dug-out, and there was a large gully in place of the present cathedral.
In Russia, they did not even talk about faith; the governors did not pay attention to the problems of the church. And Kirsan Nikolaevich Ilyumzhinov was the first regional leader to talk about the revival of faith, about the purity of the spiritual environment.

Dear friends! I wholeheartedly congratulate you on the Day of restoration of the sovereign statehood of Russia. Sincere and selfless love to the Motherland unites all of us on this holiday.

This holiday draws us to the centuries-old history of the Russian state, the richest spiritual and cultural heritage of our people, to the unshakable values ​​of patriotism, freedom and justice.

The opponents of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov conduct a dirty struggle for power in FIDE. The opinion was expressed by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, the 12th World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov.

"When Kirsan was included in the sanction list, he temporarily resigned. And now they try to use it as a pretext for crooked tricks. This is some kind of dirty struggle for power," Karpov said.

It is believed that the game of chess entered the West in two ways: first, probably not before the middle of the tenth century by the Mediterranean route through the Arab countries, and Spain (where they are first mentioned in the Catalan text), Sicily and Southern Italy.

Thus, from the very beginning, the Black and Red pieces fought in the Indian and Arab game versions. In the West they were already playing with white (or gilded) and red pieces that, since the 13th century, under the influence of religion and Aristotle's theory about two colours, the two abovementioned colour systems gave way to white and black.

Every year, more and more chess players of the world and even more historians and archeologists become interested in the history of the chess origin. According to the classical canons, it was believed that chess was originated in India about at least 1,500 years ago.

It was believed that chess invented in India in the V - VI century and spread almost all over the world becoming an integral part of human culture. Even the Uzbek scholar Abu Rayhan al-Biruni in his treatise "Hindustan" mentions an ancient legend attributing the creation of chess to a certain Brahmin.

The clairvoyant Vanga and the head of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov were the long-time friends. Therefore it is not surprising that Ilyumzhinov agreed to play the role of himself in the Vangelia film. We asked Kirsan Nikolayevich to talk about Vanga and how the film was made. 

- How did you get to knowVanga?
In the end of 1992, my MGIMO friend Bulgarian Stoyan called me. At that time I was the president of the Sun Corporation. Stoyan suggested that I go to Petrich: "Vanga asked me to bring a "young president" from Moscow, but we couldn’t find anyone. Maybe you will do. You will get acquainted and have a talk."

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