On 22 April in Moscow, the first president of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, met with his fellow countrymen, with whom he travelled to His Holiness the 14th Dalai-Lama in Dharamsala in 2007.

The meeting was devoted to discussing the details of the new trip to the Dalai Lama's teachings in Dharamsala for Russian Buddhists in May of this year.


On 21 April, on the day of Easter celebrations on Sri Lanka, a series of explosions occurred, which the authorities identified as attacks. Some of them thundered in luxury hotels and some exploded in churches during the Easter Mass. A new explosion thundered on Monday in Colombo.

Kalmykia’s first president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed condolences to all who lost the loved ones and suffered as a result of the terrorist attacks. The message reads as follows: “It is monstrous and inhuman ... I express my deep condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the attacks.
In these sorrowful hours, it is with great sorrow that I express words of sympathy and solidarity to all the people of Sri Lanka.”


On 18 April, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent a letter wishing health and well-being to the 14th Dalai Lama. The message reads as follows:

Your Holiness!

It is with great joy that the Buddhists of the whole world received the news of your recovery, that you are active again, that your life-giving word resounds again and your sacred mission of the spiritual leader of Buddhists of all countries on all continents continues.

On 17 April, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew to Ufa for a meeting with an old comrade, the famous Russian ophthalmologist Ernst Muldashev. Together they were deputies of the Supreme Soviet of Russia in 1990.

It should be noted that Ernst Muldashev, in addition to being an excellent ophthalmologist, professor, general director of the All-Russian Center for Eye and Plastic Surgery in Ufa, also became famous as the author of a number of fascinating books, newspaper publications and films on mystical topics related with expeditions to Crete, Egypt and Tibet to explore ancient civilizations. 

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.


Everyone writes today about patriotism! So many words are said, so many battles are raging! The only trouble is that nothing has changed. Is it worth mentioning that in a large part of our society this term still has a negative connotation: “leavened patriotism”, “hurray-patriot”, etc. It means we did not learn anything and thus the discussion should be continued. So, I will try and say a few words about patriotism, and how it relates to our common well-being.


On 12 April, the Tibet’s Buddhist leader, 14th Dalai Lama was discharged from a hospital in New Delhi on Friday morning. This was reported by AFP with reference to the personal secretary to the Dalai Lama Tenzin Taklha. “He was discharged from the hospital at 8 am. He is doing very well now,” the secretary said. It is expected that a few days later the Dalai Lama will return in Dharamsala, where he has been living the last time (several decades), but for now he will stay in New Delhi.


 On 12 April, in Moscow, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Doctor of History, Professor Konstantin Maximov.

Konstantin Nikolaevich Maximov was the Chairman of the People’s Khural (Parliament of Kalmykia) in 1993.
From 1996 to 1999, he was a member of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and a member of the Committee on Science, Culture, Education, Healthcare and Ecology.

 On 11 April 1993, 26 years ago, the first general election of the President of Kalmykia took place.

At the beginning of the 90s of the last century, there was a real revolution in Russia. Its landmark was democratic elections, which stirred up the whole country, making people believe in Glasnost and Perestroika.

There is a licensed by FIDE chess school in Belarus with an unusually high status: there are only fifty such educational institutions all over the world. The school is located in the very heart of Minsk. It rents space in the old building of the IFC on Yakub Kolas Square, where children have been studying since the age of three. In total, about three hundred children study there.

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