On 14 October, Moscow State University of International Relations celebrated its 75th anniversary. For over three quarters of the century, MGIMO’s graduates are scientists, journalists, economists, diplomats, ministers and even musicians. They represent Russia abroad and develop domestic science, economy, and education.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov  is the first president of the Republic of Kalmykia (1993-2010), entrepreneur, sixth president of the International Chess Organization (1995-2018). He graduated from the International Relations Faculty at MGIMO in 1989. Kirsan Nikolaevich shared his memories of the first years of study with us.

The first President of the Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is always interested in hearing the news from the small country, Kalmykia.

Here is what Kirsan Nikolaevich told us by phone: on 9 October, the Genghis Khan monument was unveiled in the village of Privolny of the Yashkul district.

 We looked on the Internet and found a photo of this amazing sculpture, which is 4.5 m high and weighing about 2.5 tons. The years of Genghis Khan's life were carved at the base of the plate. One could see figures of warriors and flags on flagpoles with the names of four Mongolian tribes proclaiming Genghis Khan a great khan.

On 6 October, the first president of Kalmykia, the sixth FIDE president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the invitation of Sheikh Nahayan.

Ilyumzhinov paid a friendly visit to the UAE, where he took part in a gala reception in Abu Dhabi, in the palace of the ruler of the state.


Kalmykia's first President, FIDE's sixth President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated Kalmykia teachers and veterans of pedagogical work on Teacher's Day.

In his video message, on behalf of the graduates of the Elista school No. 3, Kirsan Nikolaevich congratulated all teachers, veterans of Kalmykia pedagogical work and mentors from his native school.

 Ilyumzhinov said: “I wish you happiness, health and successes! Let me express my sincere gratitude to you, our dear Teachers! Congratulations on Teacher's Day! We appreciate the generosity of your loving hearts, your patience and understanding, dedication and love for us, your students!

On 3 October, Kirsan Nikolaevich called and told how, walking on the Arbat, he met fellow countrymen from Kalmykia successfully working in Moscow: a graduate of Beijing Union University, Badma Khoshaev and a graduate of the Academy of National Economy and the Russian Academy of Public Service Saran Dzhambinov.

 Badma Hochayev is fluent in Chinese. He studied in China for 6 years. Saran Dzhambinov studied at the Faculty of International Business and Trade. He became a bachelor.

Both young men work in Moscow. Kirsan Nikolaevich told us that, on the one hand, he is proud of his countrymen and happy for Moscow.

From 28 September to 2 October, the tournaments among boys and girls under 11 and 13 and among boys and girls under 15, 17 and 19, were held in Elista, at the premises of the Oirat Arena sports complex.

Chess players from Elista, Justin, Tselin, Lagan and Ketchenerov districts took part in the championship.

 The most interesting was the tournament in a group of boys under 11 and 13 years old. 9 rounds were held and until the last round no one knew who would be the winner.

International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on 1 October beginning in 1991. It was included in the calendar of significant dates at the 45th meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov conveyed congratulations to all elderly people, veterans of the chess movement, veterans of war and labour as well as the older generation of Kalmykia, their small homeland. The text of congratulation reads as follows:
“Dear veterans, representatives of the older generation! Please accept my warmest, heartiest congratulations on the Day of Older Persons.


On 1 October, the grand opening of Russia's first large retreat to recite 100 million Avalokiteshvara mantras, the Buddha of Compassion, will be undertaken in the main Buddhist temple of Kalmykia, the Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha.

The opening ceremony will be held by three prominent Teachers of our time:
Honorary Representative of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Russia, Mongolia and the CIS, Shajin Lama Telo Tulku Rinpoche of Kalmykia.
A famous Teacher, Expert on sutras and tantras from the Drepung Gomang Monastery Yeshe Lodoy Rinpoche who lives in Buryatia and takes an active part in the revival of the Buddha’s Teaching in the Buddhist regions of Russia.
The Spiritual Leader of the international network of Buddhist centres under the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Lama Zopa Rinpoche.


On 22 September, the opening of the largest Maitreya Buddha statue of in Europe took place in the city of Lagan in Kalmykia. The consecration ritual was led by the Shajin Lama of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche and Yeshe Loda Rinpoche. The opening was attended by more than 2 thousand people. 

A statue 13.5 meters high and weighing about 30 tons is installed at the Lagan Dargyeling Khurul monastery complex. Its construction has been carried out since 2011 with donations from believers.
According to the Buddhist teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Maitreya Buddha will become the fifth founder of the Buddhist Dharma that will descend into our world and perform twelve deeds.


On 21 September, Elista hosted the inauguration of the head of the Republic of Kalmykia Batu Khasikov. The first president of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was invited to the ceremony. However, due to the busy schedule, he could not attend in person.

Kirsan Nikolaevich congratulated Batu Khasikov on assuming the post of head of the Republic of Kalmykia. It reads as follows:
“Voter confidence is not only and not so much an assessment of past successes, accomplishments and seriousness of intentions for the future.

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