The young president of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, was a member of a narrow circle of people who had the happy opportunity to constantly visit their famous fortune teller. Here is what Kirsan Nikolayevich remembers:

“Baba Vanga’s house in Petrich stood among the mountains with healing hot springs. People, waiting for their turn at the reception, treated their sores in these natural sources. Flowers grew everywhere there. Many of them were in pots on the veranda where she received people. She used to walk around the place and talk to every flower. Yes, and she also knew how to talk to animals. A dog stands in front of her, looks at her faithfully and listens attentively.


- When did you realize that you could not develop a career in “Spartacus” and it was time for a change?

- It happened when I had been a member of a backup team for four years, At the same time I was training as a first-team regular. Sometimes, I played in friendly matches, but I was already over twenty then, so I was looking for adult football and I wanted to play more. The offer from Elista’s "Uralan", which was headed by Sergey Pavlov, came very handy.


The great poet of Kalmykia, David Kugultinov, who had long been Ilyumzhinov’s supporter, turned eighty years old in 2002, but he knows all about elections. Moreover, he always had the opportunity to express his point of view to the top leaders of Russia. Gennady Seleznev visited Elista In October 2002. David Nikitich Kugultinov met him at his home, donated to the poet by the first President of Kalmykia. He answered Seleznev’s question about Ilyumzhinov.

 “I answered in the following way: “Even if everything they say about Kirsan is absolute truth and even if there will be twice as much hard truth about him, Kalmykia needs Ilyumzhinov.”

The 14th Dalai Lama: "Russia has potential to become the leading nation of the world; Russians can change this world".

People's Artist of the Russian Federation, singer, actor, composer and producer Philip Kirkorov, who personally met with the Dalai Lama, considers His Holiness's words absolutely correct.
“Geographically, Russia has enormous potential. Russia has a huge potential of natural resources, new ideas, respect for each other, the joy of being human. I think Russia will be able to distribute its opportunities correctly.


The first of September. I was 7 years old, we were presented with grey T-shirts with the image of the young President. Every child knew his name. There was not a single house in Kalmykia where they would not discuss the youngest head of a Russian region.

I got on the plane and childhood memories floated one after the other. Here is a boy riding a bike and wearing the famous grey T-shirt.

The sixth president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov shared his opinion about the match for the world chess crown between the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and the American Fabiano Caruana, the first ten games of which were tied.

“Tomorrow is 23 years anniversary of the day since I headed FIDE. During this time, we repeatedly held matches for the world chess crown and fought against “grandmaster draws”, when the game ended peacefully on the fifth or sixth move. After all, they are masters and play not only for themselves but also for millions of viewers. And when I opened such matches, I told chess players that it was like a two-man theatre. People need bread and circuses, sacrifices, sparkling moves, which Mikhail Tal - the king of fast games - showed in his time.

The strongest young Asian chess players will compete in the championship in classical chess, rapid chess and blitz at the tournament in Tashkent. Western Asian Junior Chess Championship (players must have been from 6 to 20 years old) will be held in Tashkent from 16 to 23 November 2018. Winners will receive international chess titles - international grandmaster, international master and master of FIDE.

The honour of Uzbekistan will be defended by Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Humoyun Begmuratov, Nodirbek Yakubboev, Abdimalik Abdisalimov, Afruz Khamdamov, Bakhor Abdusattorov, Ortik Nigmatov, Umida Omonova and Almas Rakhmatullaev.


President of the Russian Chess Federation, senior coach of the Russian national chess team Andrey Filatov in the recent interview to Izvestia said:
Kirsan Nikolayevich is a legend of chess. His experience and knowledge would be useful not only for the Russian Chess Federation but also for all Russian sports. We are always happy to see him as our guest and discuss any activity with him.

I would like to tell you about Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as a person who imparts the gift of a strategist. As a person who is able to look into the future and find a way out of the most difficult situations. In my opinion, Ilyumzhinov demonstrated this ability to great effect during his work as FIDE President.   In this connection we shall recall that when the outstanding Soviet chess player, the sixth World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik gave the assessment to the third FIDE President and the fifth World Champion Max Euwe he wrote:  

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