Policy is made during congresses and parliamentary sessions. Political issues are resolved in meetings and interviews. It is there that the details are settled, coalitions, blocks and groupings are formed, and political trendsestablished. Political, economic and personal interests are all cooked up secretly in the same pot and this is what gives decrees, laws and directives their political flavour.

 

I read our mighty  epic "Jangar" and I felt as though  I had stepped onto firm ground  for  the  first  time;  I  was immensely proud of our small nation. I began to feel at one with this barren land.  I learned that Kalmyk folklore I s second only to that of India in terms of its richness and imagery.  l looked on my homeland from a new perspective and began to view our wind -blown, dusty township swept by the sands and snows of the steppe in an altogether different light.

One winter evening, meeting in a tumbledown shack in Elista to the accompaniment of dogs' barking, we began negotiating the delivery of a large amount of Kalmyk wool to my company. My colleagues had just come back from the government ministry building where they had tried, to no avail, to have the necessary paperwork signed. Government officials kept dragging out the decision-making process. We were pressed for time because our deal was under threat of disruption and penalty payments were due imminently. The boys had been unable to gain access to the republic's big shots for several weeks already. It was then, all of a sudden and quite spontaneously, that the idea came to some of us to nominate me as a deputy-candidate.

We bring to the attention of our readers the most interesting excerpts from an interview with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Itogi magazine.

- Is it true that you bought the rights to publish Gorbachev's memoirs?
- Yes, I bought the rights to publish memoirs and their adaptation. I consider Mikhail Sergeyevich one of the outstanding people of the era. I have always been attracted to large-scale personalities, like Pope John Paul II, Dalai Lama, Bobby Fisher, Saddam Hussein and Gaddafi.

In an interview with Itogi magazine, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was asked the question: “How did you become a millionaire? How did you become a businessman after graduating MGIMO when you were on the direct path to become a diplomat?”

- After I was reinstated at the Univercity and graduated it, I began to ponder: what kind of work shall I choose? After all the trials associated with corridors of power, it became obvious to me: the old state system was rotten. I had no desire to work for it.

 

In 2011, the first president of Kalmykia, the sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, spoke about what retired heads of regions are doing. He lamented the fact that the Council of Wise Men had not yet been created in Russia. He explained why he had never been a politician and did not close himself up "in the shell of political image". He also stressed that the governors are honest in their work, but it is very difficult for them not to conflict with the law.

 

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.

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