As we already reported, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russia celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019.

Documentary film “MGIMO. In all languages ​​of the world”, which was shown on Channel 1, tells you about the history of MGIMO, dispels the myths that surround it and takes away the veil of mystery of the institute. MGIMO for many years remains one of the most famous and prestigious institute not only in Russia but also in the whole wide world.

 

Konstantin Malofeev, a Russian entrepreneur, chairman of the board of directors of the Tsargrad group of companies, will raise funds for Africa. He was appointed the head of the supervisory board of the International Agency for Sovereign Development.

Konstantin Malofeev told us how the International Agency for Sovereign Development was created. In this new structure, he took over as chairman of the supervisory board. The agency will be officially presented at the Russia-Africa Summit, which will be held in Sochi in late October.

“I note with satisfaction the friendly, constructive nature of relations between our countries. The Russia-Africa Summit <...> [will serve] a qualitative build-up of these relations, and they will allow us to outline new forms of fruitful cooperation," reads the greeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin published on the summit’s website. The Agency, together with the Rosatom Corporation, is the general partner of the summit.

A well-known historian from Kazakhstan Bolat Asanov spoke about how he had a chance to meet with the first president of the USSR after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and why initially he did not want to be photographed with Mikhail Sergeyevich. Now Bolat Asanov posted on his Facebook a 1998 photo, where he was captured in the company of the last USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Many users were interested in the history of this photo; some even suggested that it was taken a few days before the collapse of the USSR.

 

More than forty years have passed since one of the most memorable contest happened in chess history - the world championship match between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi. Last year, an English director Alain Byron shot the documentary “Closing Gambit: 1978  Korchnoi vs. Karpov and the Kremlin”.

So far, the film has not been shown in the native country of its main characters. However, another surprise is being prepared for the Russian audience: a feature film will be made on the same topic.

 

The Declaration of State Sovereignty of the RSFSR was proclaimed in the St. George Hall of the Kremlin on 12 June, 1990. It was then that the new history of Russia began.

On this day, at the first Congress of People’s Deputies of Russia, an absolute majority of deputies voted for the Declaration proclaiming the basic principles of the democratic structure of the state. And literally, two weeks before this event, Boris Yeltsin was elected for the first time on an alternative basis as chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR.

 

As we have already reported, the 14th Dalai Lama held in Dharamsala the 10th annual teaching for Russian Buddhists and spoke about hopes for Russia and true happiness.

The world famous spiritual leader told what his belief in the bright future of humanity is based on, what he thinks about Putin, Trump and Russia's role in the world, what is his message to the new generation and how use the “sixth consciousness” to find happiness.

Everyone writes today about patriotism! So many words are said, so many battles are raging! The only trouble is that nothing has changed. Is it worth mentioning that in a large part of our society this term still has a negative connotation: “leavened patriotism”, “hurray-patriot”, etc. It means we did not learn anything and thus the discussion should be continued. So, I will try and say a few words about patriotism, and how it relates to our common well-being.

 

As reported by Bloomberg, the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin through his representative in early December. In this letter, the son of the former leader of Libya "explained his political vision" for Libya and asked for "political support."
According to Bloomberg, Saif al-Islam could take part in the national elections that the United Nations wants to hold in 2019. According to a Bloomberg source, Russia has not yet decided whether it will support any particular candidate in the elections in Libya.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s life always surprises others. After school, which he graduated brilliantly, he went to the army instead of college. He was expelled from MGIMO. In 1993, he surprised his native Kalmykia, having won the presidential election. The whole world was astonished to learn that he become the head of FIDE: this position has been held by ‘Kalmyk Tiger’ since 1995 – a long time record. We met at the end of 1991. The Kalmyk CEO stayed in the room next to mine in Rossiya Hotel.

We have another anniversary. Exactly three years from the day, the US Treasury subjected Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to sanctions. Of course, we cannot celebrate such “holiday”, but we should remember how it happened. Ilyumzhinov, as we know, became the only Russian citizen who actively rebelled against such a decision and publicly declared that this was a provocation. We have to note that, despite the demands of Ilyumzhinov and his lawyers to provide at least some evidence of his guilt, OFAC still remains silent. They just sent him some old newspaper clippings and that was it.

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