Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the Dalai Lama’s residence in the Himalayas, where they discussed the possibility of his pastoral visit to Russia. During a press conference in Moscow, Ilyumzhinov told reporters that he offered the Dalai Lama to make a stopover in Kalmykia on the way back from Germany to India on September 25.
- Kirsan Nikolaevich, can you already talk about the results of your meeting with the Dalai Lama?

- 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.

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.

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."

In this blog, I will tell you about what is happening in my life, about my working meetings and trips, about my views on certain current problems.

In general, this year has turned out to be extremely busy for media representatives. The reason is clear: the forthcoming FIDE President elections have not left indifferent even those who are far from chess. I welcome it. The more people will be interested in this intelligent game, the better for its development and popularization.

Later, when in the West, meeting up with Kalmyk emigres, I would hear their terrible stories, feel their pain, and admire the purity of these people's hearts. It was they who, while still in the filtration zones after the war was over, came out against exiling the Kalmyks, collected signatures, wrote petitions and turned for support to the UNO, heads of state and prominent churchmen. It was they who first raised the issue of allowing Kalmyks to return to their native land; who rang the bells and cried out to the world public, thus forcing Khrushchev to allow them to come back home after thirteen years in exile.

On 15 February, 1994, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, then president of the Republic of Kalmykia, sent a letter to the American economist Karl William Viehe, who helped prepare comments on the country's trade turnover law. We present the text of this letter to the attention of our readers.

"Dear Mr Viehe. I am aware of your active participation in the preparation of my visit to the United States in October 1993, which, unfortunately, did not take place because of events known to you, which did not allow me to leave the country at that time.

- One king once said: "The state is me". You, of course, are not a king, but would you say: "Kalmykia is me"?

In 1993, I openly said: "I will live without Kalmykia, but Kalmykia will not survive without me." I believe that Kalmykia was recognized as a result of my and my team activities. I feel I have  a certain mission. Someone should have a driving force to make it work.  

Head of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation Arkady Dvorkovich believes that the chances of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to head the International Chess Federation (FIDE) are higher than that of his main rival Anatoly Karpov.

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