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.

The deputy of the Leningrad Region’s Legislative Assembly Vladimir Petrov proposed that the Russian authorities remove the body of Vladimir Lenin from the Mausoleum. For that, he was criticized severely by the communists. Calls for burial of the remains of a revolutionary have not abated for the past 30 years. The first president of Russia Boris Yeltsin categorically forbade the dust of Ilyich to be disturbed, believing that "the time has not yet come."

On 2 and 3 November, Moscow will host the Congress of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA).  Most likely, the new head of the federation will be Gafur Rakhimov who is under the US sanctions.
Rakhimov already de facto leads AIBA. In November last year, it became known that the long-term president of the federation Wu Ching-kuo resigned. At first, his post was temporarily taken by the Vice-President of AIBA, Italian Franco Falcinelli, but only until the extraordinary congress in January of this year when Rakhimov was elected.

On 20 September, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, speaking at the Mayor’s office in Heidelberg, Germany, said: 

“I always emphasize that all seven billion inhabitants of our planet are emotionally, mentally and physically alike. We all want to live a happy life and do not want suffering. We are endowed with an amazing brain - an invaluable tool for analysing and investigating reality. Our intellect is capable of both giving us peace of mind and destroying it.

 

 At the widely published press conference, held in June 2007 in the small German city of Heiligendamm, a Der Spiegel reporter asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to comment on the statement of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who called him a pure democrat. 

"Of course, I am a pure democrat," he replied. "But do you know what the problem is? The tragedy is that I'm such a one. The problem is that I’m all alone, the only one of my kind in the whole wide world. There is no one to talk to since Mahatma Gandhi died."

 

Presidential elections in the International Amateur Boxing Association, AIBA, which will be held on 3 November in Moscow, are expected to be one of the most intriguing and intense in recent years. It is the result of the conflict between the acting head of AIBA Gafur Rakhimov and the International Olympic Committee.
IOC strongly recommended the Uzbek functionary, who is under the US sanctions, to withdraw his candidacy, warning him that otherwise boxing could lose its place on the Olympic programme. But Rakhimov has denied any wrongdoing.

PoliticsRussian Buddhists, whose number is estimated at 1.3 million, pray for the pastoral visit to our country of the spiritual leader of Buddhists, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. And it is understood. Many Hollywood stars, leading politicians and businessmen are eager to meet with him. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and other high awards. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, the embodiment of great compassion, the Great Teacher.

 

 

On 11 September, The Remembrance ceremony in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack took place at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum located at the rebuilt World Trade Center in New York.
It was on this day 17 years ago when two aircraft flying to Los Angeles were captured by terrorists, and then deliberately crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. Both Twin Towers collapsed within two hours.

It seems to be unwise to refuse to cooperate with such a powerful ally as the Dalai Lama, who is known by his positive attitude towards Russia and its policy.

However, what about China? Its authorities disapprove the Dalai Lama’s visits to any country to the extent of official meetings cancellation and freezing of economic cooperation. Is it worth to risk good relations and important projects for the sake of supporting one of the world's religious leaders?

At the end of August, Internet forums of Buryatia, Kalmykia and Tuva discussed the news that FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, during a recent meeting with the 14th Dalai Lama, conveyed to His Holiness the request of Kalmykia Buddhists to consecrate the main Buddhist Khurul "Golden Abode of the Buddha Shakyamuni".

The Buddhists of Russia took this message as an opportunity for a visit to Elista by the 14th Dalai Lama. Khurul "Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni", built in 2005 with the blessing of His Holiness and on the personal funds of the First President of Kalmykia, FIDE head Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, became the hallmark of Elista - the capital of this steppe region.

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