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.


 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.


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