In mid-May, the Russian press almost in unison reported that the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska filed a lawsuit in Washington against the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury (OFAC) and its head, Steven Mnuchin. The businessman demands that the sanctions imposed on him be lifted.

Justifying his claims, Mr. Deripaska points out that “the sanctions against him are unfair and illegal, they cut him off from the global financial system, made his assets toxic, and also led to “the utter devastation of his wealth, reputation and economic livelihood.”


We have read a wonderful story, published by, about how an 8-year-old homeless boy from Nigeria became the champion of the state of New York. Garry Kasparov and Bill Clinton are now talking about him. About a week ago, eight-year-old refugee from Nigeria Tanitoluwa Adewumi became the New York State Chess Champion. Information about this first appeared in The New York Times and soon was reprinted by many of the largest non-chess publications.


The Russian chess player, international grandmaster, chess historian and journalist Dmitry Kryakvin commented at the Ekho Moskvy’s Opinion programme on Sagaalgan 2019 chess festival launched as a part of the Rapid Grand Prix of Russia 2019 in Ivolginsky Datsan.

Also, Dmitry Kryakvin told about the appearance of the Russian Ilyumzhinov as head of FIDE.

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.

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