After the publication of my article on Vitacracy, I received a lot of letters, both as e-mails and on Instagram. Readers write that this idea is timelier than ever now, that many fear for their children and grandchildren, and for the world in which our descendants will live.
In general, the idea, as they say, is ripe. However, when I began to talk about Vitacracy, about the right of every person to life, more than ten years ago, then there was not much readers’ response. I am convinced that humanity had to think about its future, about its place on this planet, and about many other equally important things a long time ago.
Back in the early 2000s, I wrote an article on the quality of life. It is also on my website. It says, among other things:
“The history of humankind, as well as of each country and of each nation, can be conditionally divided into three stages: the struggle for survival, the accumulation of socio-economic potential necessary to meet basic human needs, and, finally, the formulation of the main question, which is the quality of life. This is the task facing the authorities and society. Survival tactics should give way to a strategy of accelerated development for improving the quality of people's lives”.


To be first president of Kalmykia and the head of FIDE was born into the family of an employee of the Elista city committee of the CPSU, and he studied at MGIMO after the army. As Kirsan Nikolayevich himself assured, it was in this "university of toffs" that the idea of ​​how to earn the first million came to him. Rather, a hint was given to him by the hostel watchman aunt Masha, who told the student Ilyumzhinov that the Mitsubishi company was looking for specialists with knowledge of Japanese in the USSR.

With languages, including Japanese, he was all right. And he decided to take the tests. And a week later he became the manager of the Mitsubishi division! With a salary of $ 300, but a good percentage of every car sold.
And that’s how it started. Good fees, new connections. In the autumn of 1990, Ilyumzhinov became the number one car dealer for the Korean cars in the USSR.
The future head of Kalmykia turned out to be such an excellent manager that he received a million dollars by the new year. Cash. As Ilyumzhinov himself recalled, he carried the money home "in a big and fat briefcase."


International Chess Day was held on July 20. In the Republic of Kalmykia, many celebrated this holiday. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has virtually made Kalmykia the Russian centre of chess, although the ancient game was always held in high esteem there. Almost everyone plays chess in Kalmykia. Ilyumzhinov, being the first President of Kalmykia and sixth FIDE President, paid much attention to the development of chess in his native republic. So, in all schools of Kalmykia, by the very first decree of the first President, lessons of a chess game were introduced.

Today, the central square of the capital is decorated with a huge chessboard with giant pieces. On the initiative of Ilyumzhinov, the Chess City was built in Elista. This modern complex was made for the Chess Olympiad that was held in Kalmykia in 1998. Russian and international competitions were held there. There is also a chess museum in the Chess City, where visitors can learn about the history of the ancient game, as well as see unique chess sets.

I congratulate all Muslims on one of the most revered holidays of Islam - Eid al-Adha! This bright holiday is a symbol of spiritual purification and justice and desire to follow the path of moral improvement. Eid al-Adha awakens the best aspirations in the souls of believers: compassion, selflessness and mercy towards others.

This holiday comes after the completion of the Hajj – an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the holiest city for Muslims. It reminds that the traditions of Islam, like those of other world religions, are based on the eternal values ​​of goodness, justice, mercy and concern for one's neighbour, regardless of nationality and religion.

July 20 is the International Chess Day. The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated chess players and chess fans on this holiday:

“Dear friends! I am very happy that exactly 55 years ago UNESCO declared July 20 International Chess Day. Of all the sports holidays, only the International Chess Day has become an international and celebrated at the initiative of UNESCO holiday! I congratulate all chess players and chess fans on this wonderful celebration! Today, chess is played by millions of people in all corners of our planet, in all countries, and I wish that billions of people would play chess. The world needs smart people, and smart people need chess, not wars.

It is chess, I am sure, that will save the world. If the number of people playing chess in the whole world increases to at least a billion, then the critical mass of smart people will also increase. And the likelihood will increase that it is the smart ones who will be elected to parliaments, become mayors, presidents or kings.

On July 15, while in Juba, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, told us about the details of the meeting with the South Sudan President Salvatore Kiir Mayardit.

Attending the meeting with the President were National Security Adviser Tut Gatluak Manime, Presidential Special Envoy-Ambassador Albino M. A Aboug and Executive Director of the President's Office Mr. James Val.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov thanked the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salvatore Kiir Mayardit for the business-like and constructive conversation. The implementation of the Chess in Schools programme was also discussed.

As we have already reported, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is on a business trip to African countries. The day before, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived from Kenya to the city of Juba, the capital of the Republic of South Sudan.

On July 14, 2021, he met with the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit. During the meeting, the parties discussed the possibilities for implementing international investment projects in South Sudan, as well as holding events in the field of culture and sports.
In memory of the meeting, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov presented the President with a set of souvenir chess.

On July 12, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov began a series of working trips to African countries. On July 12, he visited Kenya.

On July 13, Mr Ilyumzhinov arrived in the capital of South Sudan, Juba. On July 14, a meeting with the President of the country, Mr Salva Kiir, is to take place. On the same day, Ilyumzhinov met with the National Security Advisor to the President of South Sudan, Mr Tut Gatluak.

July 13 marks the 64th birthday of the State Oracle of Tibet Thupten Ngodup (Kuten La). The celebration took place in Dharamshala (India). Ilyumzhinov, while in South Sudan, conveyed his best wishes:

“Dear Thupten Ngodup! Happy birthday to you! All Buddhists of the world on this precious day offer the purest, brightest and most touching prayers for you.

American Mishra broke Sergei Karjakin's 19-year record. In recent years, several young talents - from India or Uzbekistan – came close to Sergei Karjakin's record, but they were just a few months short to break the record of the "youngest grandmaster in history".

And finally, it happened: the United States’ representative Abhimanyu Mishra made it. Karjakin lost his high-profile status after nineteen years.
The youngest grandmasters in history:
1. Abhimanyu Mishra, USA - 12 years, 4 months 25 days old;
2.Sergey Karjakin, Russia - 12 years, 7 months.
Sergey Karjakin reacted philosophically to what has happened: “I had no doubt that sooner or later my record would be broken and I was sure that some of the Indian youths would do it much earlier. You can say that I am still lucky that I held my record for so long.

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