First President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is currently working on a new book. Kirsan Nikolaevich shared with our correspondent his thoughts about what is most important in our everyday life. About what faith means to a person, and how people should relate to each other in order to successfully solve the problems facing them.

- Kirsan Nikolaevich, is it true that we now live in a time when, despite the fact that people travel a lot, they trust each other less? As if, they are afraid of something.


Kirsan Ilyumzhinov served as president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) for 23 consecutive years. He was elected first president of the Republic of Kalmykia (from 1993 to 2010). However, few people know that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is a great friend of Vietnam and has always helped this country. Kirsan Nikolayevich came to Hanoi in July this year and gave a detailed interview to the journalist of the Vietnamese BBC service.

Andrey Lavrushkin (indra_lawrence) wrote: “Good afternoon, Kirsan Nikolaevich! I admire your activities on chess promotion! What can be done to develop and popularize the Go Game in our country? I really love this game and manage the only Go Game club in Volgograd. Having read Yasuyuki Miura's book “Go and the Eastern Business Strategy” about how traditional board games fundamentally affect our thinking, I realized how important could be the Go Game for Russians. The current efforts of the Russian Go-community have, to put it mildly, a weak effect. I would be very glad to know your opinion on this issue!”


I asked Kirsan to compare the current Russia leader with his predecessors. The answer was quite tactful: "Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin are all great."

- Why is Gorbachev great?
-We underestimated perestroika. Mikhail Sergeyevich is a real genius who could not only rebuild the system, but also to change people’s consciousness. I remember the closing of the Karpov-Anand World Championship in Lausanne. We sit in Mercedes surrounded by the police on motorcycles and flashing lights. And suddenly he says: "Listen, here we are: you, a simple Kalmyk guy and I, a combine operator from Stavropol, in the centre of Europe, and the roads are blocked because of us". "Mikhail Sergeyevich," I say, "have you already forgotten that you are the president?"


A prominent figure in the Russian political scene of the 1990s, the first president of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who had led the International Chess Federation for nearly a quarter of a century, was forced to resign a year ago.

The resignation of Ilyumzhinov from FIDE was not voluntary and was accompanied by intrigues. The US sanctions imposed on him by the US State Department for cooperation with the authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic was one of the reasons for his removal.


The first President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov admitted that he feels himself both a Buddhist and an Orthodox. “I am both a Buddhist and an Orthodox, I believe in one God who is the absolute creator. It could be not a God as such but some kind of higher civilization that is watching us. We are egoists; we believe that we are so great and life exists only on Earth. And we forget that there are 200 million stars only in our Galaxy, and there are several trillion galaxies as ours. There are other civilizations and other dimensions,” Ilyumzhinov said.


I think that now Russia is passing the next stage of the formation of a democratic civil society. This process began as early as 1987, when Mikhail Gorbachev announced the beginning of the Perestroika and the publicity policy. The next stage was the year of 1991, when the USSR began to be divided into its national “flats”, later the execution of the White House took place in 1993. 1999 was marked by the rise of Vladimir Putin and the building of a vertical 

Our famous contemporaries tell about who and why they consider a hero of the time

Andrei Makarevich, musician:
- Photographer, publicist Yuri Mikhailovich Rost turned 80 already, but he is an incredibly young man. I think this is because age is a state of mind. I have a feeling that he is younger than me in perceiving the world, in his reaction to the world, in other words, in everything. And I think that he is just the man who holds the world, at least some part of the world.


You shouldn’t  worry about the future of Russian chess. Can’t Sergey Karjakin play in the tournament? It doesn't matter, soon Misha Osipov will grow up and gain all victories. Under the belt of 5-year-old prodigy are matches with Karpov, Ilyumzhinov and Averbakh...
“Two years ago, at the recording of one of the TV shows, Misha approached me to congaratulate me on my 55th birthday, and so I played with him,” says Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, sixth FIDE President.-It was a great game. The fact that Misha is a very talented chess player was instantly noticeable. He has a brilliant memory and, I am sure, a great future.

He began to hold high positions before the age of 30. He was the president of the Republic of Kalmykia; he headed the International Chess Federation for 23 years and even worked as an authorized representative of all humanity (he repeatedly told about his meeting with aliens). Answering the question what is the most important thing for him to do now he is even slightly lost: “There are many different things, probably, it’s business”.  


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