Director of the Save Tibet Foundation and translator of the 14th Dalai Lama Yulia Zhironkina commented on the TV coverage of the construction of a Buddhist temple complex in the city of Kyzyl, Republic of Tuva. It went on the air on Channel One’s Vremya program.

It features of the work the famous sculptor Dashi Namdakov on the main statue of Buddha of the temple, which promises to become one of the largest in the country. Its project resembles the temple "The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni" in the capital of Kalmykia, but has its own unique flavour and fundamentality.
“The blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is clearly noticed in the main Buddhist temple of Kalmykia “The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni” and the new main temple in Tuva, the construction of which will be completed in the near future,” says Yulia Zhironkina. - Like Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the ex-governor of Tuva, Sholban Kara-ool, personally met with His Holiness and asked for a blessing for the construction of the main khuree. I was lucky to be at this meeting."
Yulia Zhironkina said that she watched the First Channel coverage the completion of the new church construction with great joy. 

In 2024, which marks the 100th centenary of the death of the founder of the USSR,

the Kremlin rejected plans to remove Vladimir Lenin from the mausoleum under the pretext that the question is not currently on the agenda. Disputes over the reburial of the world proletariat leader have been going on for more than a decade. They began right after the collapse of the Union and continue to this day according to the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
In October 2005, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said at a press conference at the central office of Interfax in Moscow:
“I officially announced to the leader of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov that if the question of the reburial of Lenin's body comes up, we are ready to allocate one million dollars to move the body and Mausoleum to Elista. He was our fellow countryman, and we do not forget them, we honour our history,” Ilyumzhinov noted. He told a curious detail related to the history of Russia at the beginning of the 20th century: "As it turned out, two of my fellow countrymen - Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin), whose grandmother was a Kalmyk, and the commander-in-chief of the White Army, Lavr Kornilov, whose father was also a Kalmyk were enemies…" 

On these bright Christmas days, maybe just few people would want to remember such gloomy things as the crisis, war and other misfortunes. But, in my opinion, this is the best time to seriously consider our future and what it might turn out to be if we continue to live by inertia. And, may the reader forgive me, I have serious reasons to bring up this issue right now, and remind you far from most pleasant realities of our time.

World Powers Pledge to Stop Spread of Nuclear Weapons made on January 3, gives little hope for mutual understanding. It emphasizes the desire to prevent war between the member states of the nuclear club and adherence to the principles of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. So, we may relax?
I am afraid it is not the case. The point is not even the regrettable incapacity to negotiate and the habit of changing the rules during the game, which our Western partners have repeatedly demonstrated over the past decades. The pledge concerns only nuclear weapons but what about conventional weaponry, the destructive power of which is now little inferior to missiles with nuclear warheads? The pledge contains general words about avoiding an arms race but it does not say a word about stopping the development of military robots and drones with artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, this development threatens us no less than the danger of a global nuclear war.
More than 50 Nobel laureates recently called for 2% cut to military spending worldwide over the next five years. At the same time, they proposed half the saved money in a UN fund to combat pandemics, the climate crisis, and extreme poverty. A positive response to this initiative would be the best evidence of the commitment of the leaders of the nuclear club to the principles of disarmament and peace in the world. 

Merry Christmas to all Orthodox Christians! Christmas is a time of positive thoughts and deeds, caring for loved ones and strangers who need help. On this day, the joy and peace of Christmas night enter the hearts, filling them with joy and love.

This is the day when the Saviour came into the world. He brought people hope and strengthened their faith in a better future. The Nativity of Christ is a triumph of spirituality and the noble ideals of humanism and mercy.
Today, the light of the Star of Bethlehem will shine on every home, carrying the great message. The main prayer to God is asking Him to renew our hearts with life-giving love, so that the world will become kinder and purer.

On January 1, Bosya Sarangova celebrates her 90th birthday. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that he had received a letter from Bosya Sarangova’s children and grandchildren. They turned to Ilyumzhinov with a request to congratulate their grandmother on her birthday. The letter reads as follows:

“Our family respects you very much as a worthy son of your people, a wise politician and just a good person!
We are always interested in your publications; we gratefully accept your congratulations to our sunny Kalmykia! Our Eedzha loves you very much. She listens attentively to your video messages and is proud that you adequately represent our Kalmykia and our small people!
On January 1, 2022, our Eedzha turns 90! She is a great hard worker. She was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples. She is a veteran of Russia and Kalmykia; she has medals and certificates. An elderly person of such a respectable age does not need much from life: she raised her children and grandchildren; she is happy with her great-grandson! All she needs is attention and warm communication! She has an analytical mind and a wonderful memory!

Dear friends! Compatriots and fellow countrymen! I sincerely wish you a Happy New Year! Seeing off the Old Year, let's forget everything that hindered and complicated life. Let's remember all the good things that happened in the past year.

May the New Year 2022 be a time of great discoveries, a time of faith, hope and love. May the New Year shine with all the colours of happiness and wonderful desires. Let dreams inspire, let good fantasies become reality!
2022 is the Year of the Tiger! May this strong, bright, graceful animal bring you strength, good spirits, greatness and happiness! Achieve the unachievable, embody the unreachable - decide on new things and conquer circumstances!
May 2022 bring you good luck and many smiles! Let it be full of pleasant impressions and joyful events! Let dreams inspire, let fantasies become reality, and let the impossible become possible!
May the sky be peaceful, may all the best happen to us, and may all our failures and mistakes remain in the past in the Year of the Tiger. May this year bring a lot of dazzling impressions, excellent achievements and wonderful events into our lives.

Branded train "Chess" was launched on the Sokolnicheskaya Moscow metro line on December 28. Each of the five cars of the train, which has no analogues in the world, is devoted to different topics related to chess.

The train carriages will tell you all about the history and the development of chess in the Soviet Union and Russia. During the trip, passengers will learn the most interesting facts about chess, what inspires professional chess players and outstanding chess champions’ names.
“I am sure that the train will interest passengers. This is the 25th jubilee theme train, and the ‘Chess’ musical had its jubilee recently - its 350th performance. I think that millions of metro passengers will be interested to learn about chess. Both the musical and the metro will make a tangible contribution to the popularization of chess,” said General Director of MTS Entertainment Mikhail Minin.
The Chess train is like a large chess encyclopaedia. It tells how chess materialised in the Soviet Union and Russia. While you are riding on the Sokolnicheskaya metro line, you can learn how chess appeared in cinema, in the visual arts, theatre, literature, as well as in the lives of famous people.
On the train, you can see a photo of Bob Dylan, who is a passionate chess player - he once even paid Bobby Fischer to play a game with him. Actress Catherine Deneuve always played chess during the breaks from filming “The Hunger”.

Dear fellow countrymen, please accept my best wishes on the Zul holiday! Since ancient times, our people have solemnly celebrated this sacred day for every Kalmyk. Every family prepares for it with special trepidation. We associate this holiday with hopes for prosperity and happiness in the new year.

Zul heralds the coming of the New Year. On this day, we remember the customs of our ancestors, pray for happiness for our relatives and friends, say good wishes, calling for peace and harmony in our homes.
Everyone grows a year older in Zul. On this holiday Kalmyks pray and light ritual lamps, bake fragrant bortsoks, and brew delicious Kalmyk tea.
May joy and festive mood fill our hearts on this joyful day. May every family in Kalmykia celebrate Zul with hope and faith in their hearts. May the coming year be a year of good luck and fulfilment of everyone’s aspirations. I believe that the coming year will open new opportunities and will be rich in good events.

 

December 28 is the day of memory and sorrow of the Kalmyk people. The people of Kalmykia had to endure thirteen years of grief and suffering; thousands of innocent lives were taken by forcible exile to Siberia. We do not have a single family that would not have suffered a loss in those terrible years. We bow before the courage and resilience of the older generation, who managed to survive, withstand and preserve their national dignity.

I often remember 1993, when the mournful date approached - the 50th anniversary of the deportation. We decided to hold several events and to organize a train of Memory so that people who survived exile could travel to Siberia and see their friends, Siberians, who helped them survive. To rent a train, I came to Moscow. Friends from Moscow helped to agree on the lease and many helped with money.
In 1943, our people were deported to Siberia in the terrible cold Stolypin wagons, and I wanted the Memory Train to be of the highest class. The former exiles were to travel to the places of their youth in beautiful comfortable carriages. So that it would be a train of Grateful Memory and Love to those who, in the most terrible years for the Kalmyks, helped them survive in the harsh conditions of Siberia.

As a boy I really believed that everyone in the West dreamed of sneaking into the Soviet Union and blowing up a factory, poisoning our rivers and wells or derailing a train. That was what we had been taught since childhood.  This kind of

information was rammed into us via movies, books and newspaper articles. They taught us to hate those who lived a better, freer and more secure life, and they awakened in us a vicious, beastly envy. He who lives better than me is an enemy or a thief. That was how they distorted the slogan of equality and brotherhood. If I am a fool, then everyone has to be a fool. The intelligent are enemies. If I do not want to work then you must not work either. That is equality for you.
Several centuries ago the divided and suppressed people of Rus were united around a great religious idea which transfom1ed the nation into a great power. Hitler united Germany with the notion of national superiority and selfishness. However, as a popular saying goes, don't take pride in your strength, since there will always be someone stronger than you. What will unite us now? Envy? Our sense of superiority? These are wild and unruly forces which wi ll certainly ruin whoever nurtures and releases them.
Five years ago I did not torment myself with these questions. At the time they did not appear to me in all their gigantic enormity. Then I was only fumbling for the tiny broken links in the chain.
Questionings, questionings, questionings. The lieutenant literally sank his teeth into me. He demanded the addresses of my friends and acquaintances. He intimidated and threatened me. He was desperate to win another pip for his shoulder straps and build a big case around me! Who knows, maybe luck would come his way. After all, in the heat of the moment Kirsan might blurt something out which would help construct a sure-fire case and get him hooked. I was driven to distraction by his never-ending questions: "What?  Where? When?  And with whom?"

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