The role of the individual in history is great, and whether someone likes it or not, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has done incredibly much to create a modern image of Kalmykia.

I really do not want to make a judgement: it’s irrelevant whether he is good or bad. What is more important is that this person has changed the image of the whole republic. Now tell me, has anyone in Russia could compare with him? Could anyone be so influential?
I can only think of Ramzan Kadyrov, who created the modern Grozny, but it’s hardly a good example. You cannot compare Ramzan and Kirsan’s budgets.

State Duma Deputy Igor Lebedev commented on the reasoning part of the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) acquitting the Russian skier Alexander Legkov.

"Now it’s time for the Russian side to take a move. I have already made a proposal for the first step. It is necessary to create a State Duma committee for tracing all Western media publications against our sportsmen that are based on Grigory Rodchenkov’s statements. After that, sue them.

This intellectual game began to be taught on a par with general educational subjects in the schools of Ingushetia. The programme is called "Chess in schools". This means that children learn the wisdom of the ancient game at the lessons along with mathematics, geography and literature. The project provides for the teaching of chess as a subject that stimulates the intellectual development of a child.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov did what our sports chiefs do not risk to do at the moment: he went to the courts. A few years ago, the US Treasury imposed personal sanctions against him for "highly likely" cooperation with the Assad clan in Syria. He was accused of having mediated in the sale of oil to the Islamic State. According to Ilyumzhinov, the only reason for this decision was Garry Kasparov's interview with the Guardian.

The President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov thinks it is magic that grandmasters with surnames beginning with C will meet at a match for the chess crown the second time in a row.

"For the first time, Carlsen's rival will be younger than him (25-year-old Fabiano Caruana is two years younger than Magnus Carlsen)," Ilyumzhinov noted.

FIDE president continues to receive letters from different places of our vast country. People express their support to FIDE head. The other day, a letter came from the public of the Karamzin House of Art that is located in the Garage village of the Tver region. The letter says:
"I am 83 years old. I am a fan of chess and have been playing it in amateur status for more than 60 years while studying, serving in the army and living in the countryside. Thus, I have the right to judge the influence of sports officials on the accessibility of chess as a sport and possibility to simply play it anywhere.

Today’s opening of the research institute "Chess" in Khachatur Abovian Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan is a turning point in the development of the chess movement, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov told journalists in Yerevan on February 9.

"This is the world's first research institute that will clarify how chess affects the development and progress of an individual, how chess will help develop personality and intellectual potential," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

Visit to Ulyanovsk of the first Kalmykia President and the long-term head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov began early in the morning at the Barataevsky airport, where he flew a charter flight together with other high-ranking participants of the New Cooperation forum.

The elder colleague was met by the chairman of the Ulyanovsk Region Chess Federation Gennady Budarin, who became his companion and a guide to local attractions for a whole day. Kirsan Nikolayevich visited our city for the first time, but he has been acquainted with governor Sergey Morozov for many years and even hosted him in erected in Elista Chess City. Almost immediately the guest expressed his main desire related to our city – to visit the house in which Lenin was born and grew up. The young pioneer activist dreamt about it from the first grade.

I see that interest in chess is growing every year. And I believe that this is due to the efforts of FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In all of history, it has not been possible to find someone who organized as many events, attracted so many people to chess.

One example is the ‘Chess in Schools’ programme. It started in Kalmykia, when Ilyumzhinov introduced chess in all schools of the republic.

Under his leadership, FIDE has been actively developing this programme for all these years. This has already become a world trend -- chess is introduced into school education in China, the

A statement supporting Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s candidacy for FIDE Presidency issued by Afghanistan Chess Federation was received by Ilyumzhinov in Moscow.

The statement reads in part: "The Afghanistan Chess Federation has been informed that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is running for FIDE Presidency in upcoming FIDE election in Batumi, Georgia 2018.

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