On 16 September, the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, visited the Togolese Republic as part of a tour of African countries. In Lome (the capital of Togo), Kirsan Nikolaevich met with the President of Togo Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé at his residence.

According to Ilyumzhinov, “interaction with African countries is extremely important for Russia. Our joint projects on geological exploration and construction of energy infrastructure are already developing. Traditionally, Russian education and Russian teachers are highly regarded in African countries. Yet, economic cooperation remains an untouched field.


On 14 September, the first president of Kalmykia, the sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov went on a tour of African countries. It is planned that Kirsan Nikolaevich will visit several countries in Africa.

“I began my working trip with meeting heads of the Economic Community Summit of West African States (ECOWAS) in the capital of Burkina Faso Ouagadougou. On this trip, I represent the International Agency for Sovereign Development, as a member of the supervisory board and consultant. The topic of the session is the issues of combating terrorism and cross-border crime,” Ilyumzhinov said.
On the side-lines of the summit, Kirsan Nikolayevich held a number of business meetings with Nigeria’s President Mahamadou Issoufou and Minister of National Defence and Veterans Moumina Sheriff.


Ex-figure skater Irina Rodnina, who performed in pair skating, celebrated her 70th birthday on 12 September. She won gold at the 1972 Olympic Games in Sapporo in a duet with Alexei Ulanov. Together with Alexander Zaitsev she was the winner of Innsbruck-1976 and Lake Placid-1980. She also is a ten-time world champion and eleven-time European champion.

Thanks to her achievements, Rodnina entered the Guinness Book of Records as an athlete who did not suffer a single defeat in tournaments. After completing her sports career in 1980, the figure skater worked as a coach first in the USSR and since 1990 in the USA. In 2002, she returned to Russia, where she decided to pursue a political career. Rodnina is currently a deputy of the State Duma.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov conveyed congratulations to Irina Rodnina. It reads as follows:


On 22 September, there will be a big event in the life of Russian Buddhists. The opening of the statue of Buddha Maitreya will be held in the city of Lagan (Republic of Kalmykia) at the monastery complex "Lagan Dargyeling Hurul". Its height is 15 meters, weight is 30 tons and 600 bags of steppe wormwood were used in construction. The statue is covered in gold paint. Hands are folded in Dharmachakra mudra style (it thus denotes the setting into motion of the Wheel of the teaching of the Dharma). The upholstery of the Buddha’s throne is being completed with a thick layer of aluminium ornamented by snow lions. The supreme lama of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche will arrive for the opening.


On 8 September, the first president of Kalmykia, the sixth FIDE president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, arrived in Ulan Bator on a business visit. First, Kirsan Nikolayevich was received by the Chairman of the Great State Khural of Mongolia of the VI convocation Gombojav Zandanshatar. The parties discussed cooperation in various areas of business.

Later, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov commented on this very fruitful trip: “I flew once again to Mongolia’s historical homeland. Met with my friend Gombojav Zandanshatar. Zandanshatar some time ago headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and was the president of the chess federation. We discussed cooperation.
In Ulan Bator, meetings are planned with the leadership of Mongolia and representatives of the business community. We plan to discuss a number of investment and social projects, including, of course, those related to chess. ”

On 6 September, the First Channel made a film dedicated to the anniversary of MGIMO. It was attended by a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), the first president of Kalmykia, the sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

As we already reported, one of the oldest universities in our country MGIMO turns 75 years old in 2019. The anniversary year is a unique opportunity for promoting and advertising MGIMO, including in the media.


On 5 September, the opening of the international exhibition of the Oirat and Mongolian Zayasn bichig scripts dedicated to the 420th anniversary of the outstanding educator, creator of the writing Tod bichig script Ogtorguyn Dalai Zaya Pandita and the Day of Kalmyk National Tod bichig script was held in the Central Khurul of Kalmykia The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni.


As we already reported, Vietnamese people celebrated their main holiday Independence Day on 2 September.

We receive letters of appreciation from the Vietnamese friends of Kirsan Nikolaevich. People warmly thank the sixth FIDE President for congratulations.
Below you can find the text of one of the letters. It is not by chance that we cite the full text. The author of the letter is one of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's friends. He is a Vietnamese executive and his name is Dang. He is one of those involved in the new project of Ilyumzhinov, a film about the Buddha. Recall that the script of this film was approved by the 14th Dalai Lama.


Vietnam celebrates the 74th anniversary of Independence Day on 2 September. The sixth president of FIDE, first president of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated his Vietnamese friends on the country's main holiday. It reads as follows:

“I sincerely congratulate all my Vietnamese friends on Independence Day! Your country is famous for its rich traditions, friendliness, great history and great opportunities. Everyone knows the price the people of Vietnam had to pay for freedom. We remember this and understand well what the citizens of your Republic had to go through. Today, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a very beautiful, freedom-loving country with wonderful and kind people.


3 September is the Day of Solidarity in the Fight against Terrorism. By President Vladimir Putin’s decree issued on 21 July 2005, this day was added to the list of memorable dates of the federal law on Military Glory days (Victorious Days) of Russia.

3 September is the day of mourning for all victims of the terrorist attacks as well as those who were killed in the line of duty during the rescue operations. On this day, people carry flowers to the monuments and memorials of those killed at the hands of terrorists.
This day is inextricably linked with the September tragedy of 2004 in Beslan, when the Knowledge Day turned into the day of mourning and sorrow. During the festive gathering dedicated to 1 September, militants entered the school and took teachers, children and their relatives hostage. For three days, 1,128 people were captured by gangsters.


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