On January 18, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov paid a working visit to Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he met with the Minister of Tolerance of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. This post was established in 2016. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan became the head of this institution in October 2017. He shared his impressions and tasks assigned to the ministry in his new post.

FIDE President, in turn, spoke about his peacekeeping projects in various countries. The parties also discussed a number of business projects. Later, at the reception hall, Ilyumzhinov attended the meeting of Sheikh Nahyan with an Orthodox delegation from Lebanon led by Patriarch of Antioch John X.

On January 17, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov put forward his candidacy for the post of President of the Russian Chess Federation (RCF). Election of the Russian Chess Federation President will be held on February 3 this year. Chess federations of Kalmykia, Ingushetia, Astrakhan and Vladimir regions, as well as other regions, have already announced their intention to support Ilyumzhinov's candidacy.

It became known about the intention of Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov to support FIDE President in the Russian Chess Federation presidential election. As follows from the letter of Chechen Chess Federation President, Mayor of Grozny Muslim Khuchiev, which was sent yesterday to Russian Chess Federation Executive Director Mark Glukhovsky (a copy is available with Nezavisimaya Gazeta), candidacies for the post of RCF President were considered at the general meeting of the republican federation on January 14. The final decision was in favour of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

On January 13, the Fourth New Year ‘ChessEvents’ paired chess Cup was held in the Moscow Russian Chess School chess club on Marshal Zhukov Avenue.

The tournament was held on the initiative of grandmaster Maria Fominykh. It was attended by both venerable chess players and very young players. The best pairs received cash prizes. The prize fund was 100,000 rubles. Totally 27 pairs including grandmasters competed for the victory.

Dear Willy! I heartily congratulate you on your birthday! You have made a huge contribution to the chess movement, having become a popularizer of the ancient game loved by millions of people, and I am sincerely proud to have been acquainted with you.

You have worked for the benefit of the International Chess Federation for many years and, thanks to you, the famous Chesspedia "FIDE Golden Book" was published.

On January 10, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in London on a working visit. FIDE President held a number of business meetings, where the activities of "Kirsan Foundation" were discussed within the framework of the "Chess for Peace" programme.

The management of the Foundation reported on a chess class opened for children with autism in Wales a month ago. Now 250 children attend this class. Teachers are impressed by the great success of students.

I heartily congratulate you on Christmas! Let peace and goodness, happiness and prosperity, success and good health fill every home in this bright holiday. Let the guardian angel protect you and your loved ones from troubles and let faith, peace and grace reign in your soul.

This holiday embodies hope and holy love; it gives us faith in miracles and good. Let the eternal light of hope shine in every soul. Let love fill every home. Let relatives and dear ones be always there.

I heartily congratulate the editorial staff of the army newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda on the upcoming New Year 2018 -- the year of the 100th anniversary of creation of the Red and Soviet Army! At one time, I had the honour to serve in the ranks of the Soviet Armed Forces and I know well how popular chess is in the Army and Navy.

I am proud that since I was elected FIDE President in Paris in 1995 and up to the present, we, together with Krasnaya Zvezda, are implementing a project on meeting cultural needs of chess fans among active service soldiers and the Army and Navy veterans.

I congratulate all chess fans on New Year! May the year 2018 bring you much joy and success! May all your dreams come true in the New Year! Let the year 2018 – the year of the Yellow Earth Dog – be a time of loyalty, devotion and love for each of us.

In the East they say that the year 2018 comes after two Fire years and it will be more stable than the previous ones. In addition, dog by nature is an intelligent, loyal, brave and faithful animal, but capable of rushing into a battle at any time.

The Russian President congratulated President of the International Chess Federation on the New Year. The congratulation says:

Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich!
On these special days, filled with pleasant troubles and anticipation of a miracle, an atmosphere of holiday prevails in every home, sincere wishes of happiness and prosperity are spoken and plans are being made for the future.

74 years have passed since one of the most tragic chapters in the history of the Kalmyk people was opened in the early December morning. December 28 is a day of national mourning, an eternal reminder of the Stalinist genocide.

People of Kalmykia had to endure thirteen long years of suffering and hardship. Thousands of innocent lives were swept away by forced exile to Siberia. There is not a single family in the Republic that did not suffer loss in those terrible days of unbearable pain and anguish.

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