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.


- One must have information to attract the media attention. Do you have it now?
Yes. My goal is for a billion people to play chess. I have completely switched to international activities now. I do not know a single politician who visited 70 countries as I did recently. From the beginning of January, I visited 30 countries. I simply stay on board of an airplane. Yesterday, I spoke with the President of Mongolia during a flight from Africa to the Emirates.

- People have a limited set of desires. Many young people have only two. The first is to earn a million dollars; the second is to attain power. As a person who already had both, can you tell us how you did it, and what one has to do when everything is in the past?

 Students of the University of Art and Culture asked me about my first million. Young people are only interested in money. I'll tell you how it was. I was graduating MGIMO, and I earned my first million thanks to the seventy-year-old lady who guarded the Strategic institute and the MGIMO hostel. She knew us all by name. It was summer. I was an undergraduate and was waiting for an allocation. Once, I passed by her watch cabin. Aunt Masha was alone; she was bored and was eating some sunflowers seeds. 

- Kirsan Nikolayevich, the 17th Karmapa visited Kalmykia recently. What are your impressions of this visit?

We awaited his visit for the whole last year. It was remarkably interesting and important for us, because we are reviving traditional Buddhism in Kalmykia. Ten years ago, there were no Buddhist temples, no lamas, no teachers, or disciples. Then we started sending our students to study in India. And, of course, the visit of His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa played a huge role in popularizing Buddhism in our republic, especially since he never visited Russia before.


The meeting of Buddhists spiritual leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate the Dalai Lama with the Supreme Lama (Shadzhin Lama) of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took place at the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on 7 May, 2012. During the conversation, which lasted about two hours, issues of development of Buddhism in Russia and the Republic of Kalmykia were discussed.

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