On February 19, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Moscow Buddhist Centre, where he congratulated the lamas and his staff on the coming Tsagan Sar holiday. As is known, Tsagan Sar was recognized as a national holiday in Kalmykia.

On the first day of the first lunar month, each Kalmyk family greets with joy the long-awaited spring – the giver of new hopes and new beginnings. The name of the holiday is translated as "happy white month".

The letter of the federation’s treasurer Adrian Siegel published on FIDE website, states that the Swiss UBS bank is ready to close FIDE account in the near future. Even third-party observers immediately noted a number of inconsistencies. First, the sanctions against Ilyumzhinov were introduced by the US Treasury in late November 2015, but for some reason this did not prevent the bankers from serving the federation for more than two years.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a congratulatory letter to the Minister of Physical Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh. Isroilov. The letter reads as follows:

"Dear Shoakram Holmatovich! Please accept my warmest congratulations on your appointment to the post of Minister of Physical Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Your appointment to this position inspires optimism, pride and confidence in the future.

...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 is 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. Just as I was beginning to feel again that nothing, but nothing ever happened in our country, something did begin to happen. At that time there was a popular saying that when they start trimming fingernails in Moscow, people in Kalmykia lose their fingers.

Today’s opening of the research institute "Chess" in Khachatur Abovian Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan is a turning point in the development of the chess movement, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told journalists in Yerevan on February 9.

"This is the world's first research institute that will clarify how chess affects the development and progress of an individual, how chess will help develop personality and intellectual potential," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

From the bottom of my heart I congratulate fellow countrymen on the bright holiday of Tsagan Sar!

Tsagan Sar is a symbol of the coming of spring and the awakening of nature, of new beginnings and hopes. On this day we see off the winter and look forward to the onset of spring – the giver of warmth and the awakening of nature. With the advent of spring, we connect all our hopes and expectations of joy and happiness.

On February 15, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, to meet old friends and personally congratulate Sheikh Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla on his victory in the election of the President of the Association of Arab Chess Federations.

The meeting of old friends took place in the palace of Sheikh Nahyan. A friendly warm conversation took place with Sheikh Nahyan Al Nahyan and with Omar Askari.

On February 14, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a congratulatory letter to Sheikh Saud Bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla. The letter reads as follows:

"Your Excellency! From the bottom of my heart, I would like to congratulate you on your election to the post of President of the Arab Chess Federation. I am sure that the chess community has made the right decision by choosing such a worthy person as the leader of the Arab Chess Federation. You deserve this honour, thanks to hard work and earnest attitude to our favorite game.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s life is endless flights, business trips and meetings. However, since his childhood, he dreamed of coming to Ulyanovsk, Vladimir Ilyich's homeland. He was able to come only now. The guest was impressed by Lenin's homeland. He joined the Young Pioneers organization there and was shown the local places of interest.

"And do you know that Ilya Nikolaevich Ulyanov’s grandmother was a Kalmyk and gave tasty and nourishing Kalmyk tea to all the family?" Kirsan Nikolaevich asks, smiling.
Of course, our hero shared with us the recipe for Kalmyk tea. He also told the show hostess Diana Kovel about the history of the Kalmyk people during the war and about the restoration of Buddhist temples. Kalmykia is the only Buddhist republic in Europe.

The first president of the Republic of Kalmykia and a long-standing head of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Ulyanovsk last week. This was a real gift for the youth chess community of Ulyanovsk.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the "New Cooperation" forum and later met with chess sections pupils and their parents. The chess player told about his work and life principles, about how, being 9th grade student, he became a champion of the republic and beat famous chess players of Kalmykia.

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