On 24 February, the first president of Kalmykia, the sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Dubai to meet Sheikh Al Nahyan, as well as executives from Italy and Hong Kong to conduct business meetings and negotiations with business circles of the UAE and African countries.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Ambassador for Youth Affairs Albino M. A Aboug. Later, Kirsan Nikolayevich went to Abu Dhabi, and met with executives from Italy and Hong Kong in the palace of Sheikh Nahyan.


The first president of Kalmykia, the sixth president of FIDE congratulated the people of Kalmykia and all their friends on the beginning of spring, the holiday Tsagan Sar. The congratulation reads as follows:

“With all my heart I congratulate fellow countrymen and all my friends on the bright holiday of Tsagan Sar! Tsagan Sar is a symbol of the onset of spring and the awakening of nature, new beginnings and hopes. On this day, we look forward to the onset of spring - the giver of warmth and the awakening of nature. We associate all our hopes for joy and happiness with the advent of spring.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated friends and fellow citizens on Defender of the Fatherland Day. The congratulation’s text reads as follows:

“On Defender of the Fatherland Day, I heartily congratulate the soldiers of the army and navy, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, representatives of law enforcement agencies, all who are on guard of the borders of our great Motherland and who are ready to immediately protect it from any external encroachments.
We are rightfully proud of the military traditions of the Russian Armed Forces. Our fathers and grandfathers heroically defended the Fatherland during years of severe trials. And we will preserve and enhance the glorious traditions of Russian military glory.


Tsagan Sar is one of the most beloved national holidays of our people. From ancient times, Kalmyks revered it as a holiday of the onset of spring, the awakening of nature. Therefore, when meeting on the days of the Tsagan holiday, Kalmyks, after common greeting, ask each other: "Have you wintered well?" The answer usually is: "Yes, we wintered well" or "All is well, the cattle also wintered without loss." Tsagan is celebrated two months after Zul, on the first day of the first spring month, and this month is called Tsagan Sar. This year Tsagan Sar is celebrated on 24th of February.


On 19 February, first president of Kalmykia, sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met in Moscow with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iran to the Russian Federation, Dr Kazim Jalali.

During the meeting, the parties discussed joint cultural and economic projects. Recall, Chairman of the Russian-Iranian Business Council at Russia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vladimir Obydenov noted Iran’s interest in Kalmykia and a desire to develop mutually beneficial cooperation.


On 15 February, the working visit of first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE to Rome ended. Kirsan Nikolaevich told our correspondent that after Rome he went to Beirut.

As we managed to find out, Ilyumzhinov plans a series of business meetings in the Lebanese capital. When our correspondent asked him was it difficult to endure such flights and practically be on the road all the time, Kirsan Nikolayevich answered that “he himself chose such a fate and if he had to be born again, he would not change his choice”.

On 13 February, first president of Kalmykia, sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov continued his working visit to Rome. There was time for sightseeing of the Italian capital in the busy schedule of Ilyumzhinov.

No wonder Rome is called the called The Eternal City; it is not for nothing that the great poets, writers, artists and musicians admired this beautiful city: there is much to see here. Kirsan Nikolaevich expressed his impressions in the video message, which you can watch at the home page of our site.

On 12 February, first president of Kalmykia, sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Rome on a working visit. Meetings with Italian friends and business partners are planned within the framework of this trip.

Recall that Ilyumzhinov became a friend of Pope John Paul II in December 1993. Kirsan Nikolayevich said:  “He was a chess player. I gave him chess, and he said: “Young man, can you solve the chess puzzle “ checkmate in two moves ”. I could not. It turns out that in Krakow, when he lived there, sketches by Priest Wojtyła were published every Saturday in the Krakow Pravda. Actually, he was a FIDE Chess Master. ”


On 10 February, the ceremony of opening a bronze memorial plaque to the Hero of the Soviet Union Oka Ivanovich Gorodovikov was held in Moscow at Rzhevsky Lane, 11.

A memorial plaque was placed on the house where Gorodovikov lived and where the initiative group for restoration of Kalmyk autonomy held its first meetings. By the way, the memorial plaque to Gorodovikov is the first to be installed in the Russian capital on the eve of the 75th anniversary of Victory and Defender of the Fatherland Day.


On 10 February, first president of Kalmykia, sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated friends and colleagues on the Day of Diplomatic Workers. Kirsan Nikolaevich recorded a video message that readers can watch on our home page.

“I cordially congratulate my friends and colleagues - graduates of MGIMO - on their professional holiday! I wish you good health, prosperity, success and all the best! ”, Kirsan Nikolaevich said.


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