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?

"More than 80 national chess federations are ready to support the candidacy of incumbent president of the International Chess Organization, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in the forthcoming FIDE elections," said a source familiar with the situation.
"In total, there are 83 such federations (supporting Ilyumzhinov). Of these, 23 are European, 22 are Asian, 34 are African and 4 are from the American continent," he said to reporters, responding to clarifying question of Interfax.

The 14th Dalai Lama, during the spiritual teachings for Buddhists from Russia and the Baltic countries that took place in Riga on 16-18 June, said that happiness to any person is not the fulfillment of desires but the "peace of mind", which will be achieved by compassion and altruism.

"A person brought up in a materialistic value system will want more and more. Unrestrained desires destroy both humankind and the environment, and this does not bring happiness to anyone. Happiness comes when the mind is calm and when there is peace in the soul. Therefore, it is so important to train your mind," the great Teacher said.

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

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.

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