I am deeply convinced that a new stage in the development of the  nation,  its  spiritual  regeneration  and  economic  growth will become possible  only  when  we  have  eradicated  our insensitivity to the suffering of  others.  Otherwise we will be lost in the labyrinths of lies and false values.

"There is a record in the old Tibetan books," a Buddhist priest once told me, "which predicts that the Buddhist nations will blossom again once the smallest and most westerly of our people  start  the  process   at   the   beginning   of   the   third millennium."

 

During my last visit to Paris I finally found myself with an hour or two of free time. The meeting had been scheduled for the evening. Spring. I took a walk around the capital of France. Fine smells mingled with the thawing snow and the acrid car exhaust. I walked along a bridge, past two your people kissing, past a smiling street trader peddling badges, old coins and chains, and past British tourists. Suddenly I saw the world ­ famous Isle de la Cite and then the enormous gray wonder of the slowly approaching Notre Dame.

 

The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s statement that he made during his visit to Ukraine in September 2012 on foundation of the International Chess Party caused a real stir. Kirsan Nikolayevich said that this party would become a tangible political force in the future.   

Some media, accustomed to seeing in the parties a tool to achieve success in the elections only, reacted to the news with some irony.  

 

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke about plans to include chess in curriculum of the military schools in Russia.

“We are preparing an agreement with the Ministry of Defence on compulsory or elective chess classes to be introduced in the higher military educational institutions, cadet corps and Suvorov Schools starting with the next academic year.

The sixth president of FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, is considered "a master of making brilliant game-changing moves in politics, an excellent negotiator and an authoritative mediator in many sensitive issues of international relations." After he left the post of head of Kalmykia, his name appears in the media with enviable periodicity because of his business activities.

Hello, dear listeners of the Echo of Moscow!Today, I am back from8-day business trip, having visited eight countries: Poland, UAE, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus, Palestine and Israel.

Many important issues were discussed: from development andpromotion of chess inspecific countries andregions to the World Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk.

There are many concrete results.For example, the leadership of Afghanistan National Olympic Committee has allocated land for construction of a chess centre.Soon a chess oasis will appear inKabul andthis, inmy opinion, is extremely important for a long-suffering country that is trying to recover frommany war years.

Many times l was on the brink of disaster. But I always knew how things might end. A risk presupposes a loss. Fake companies, treachery, cunning, non-payment, unfulfilled commitments, bribery, these are the rocks of enterprise in Russia on which many businesses and joint-stock companies have been wrecked.

I had to go through all that to gain experience and develop my intuition. The Jesuits have a saying: "honey on the tongue, milk in the words, jaundice in the heart and deceit in reality." Not once did I encounter this in life. My business was a risky one, however, you had better not set out at all than stop half way to your goal.

 

Twenty-five years ago, on October 4, between 3 and 4 am, Boris Yeltsin decided to storm the House of Soviets. Orders were given to use tanks and armoured vehicles.

Apart from those politicians who in the autumn of 1993, thirsted for blood with maniacal excitement (there were plenty of those on both sides), the peacemakers trying hard to prevent violent conflict could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

One of them was Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, at that time the President of Kalmykia.We bring to your attention an exclusive interview with Kirsan Nikolayevich published in one of the federal newspapers.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with well-known public figures and show business representatives in the course of the 12th Summit of the Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago. On April 25, 2012, besides meetings with former US presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Poland Lech Walesa and South Africa de Klerc, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Hollywood stars Sean Penn and Oliver Stone.

The participation of American cinema stars in such a representative international forum is not accidental. Seam Penn received the 2012 Peace Summit Award at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates for his active charitable work.

 

The 14th Dalai Lama said that the Russian people can become the leading nation of the world and make a great contribution to its transformation. In video message, the spiritual leader of the Buddhists also stated that he would like to go to those places in the former USSR, which he had visited as a child, adding that he was praying for his visit to Russia.
In the video message to participants of the international Synergy Global Forum, the 14th Dalai Lama said that "The Russian people can make a significant contribution to changing the world and Europe." Incidentally, this message was recorded in August.

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