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.

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.

 

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