On 30 March, a series of “Spring at Home” quarantine broadcasts began on the Chess-news YouTube channel. A live interview was given by the first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to the owner of the Chess-news channel Evgeny Surov.

Kirsan Nikolaevich answered the questions: “How and why has the world changed? What to do in isolation? Does chess help? What can you tell about Teymur Rajabov? ” Evgeny Surov said: "Anyone who is willing to communicate without a mask is welcome."

 

The trouble has come. The coronavirus pandemic came to Russia. Today it matters how we all will respond to this challenge. The state and society, power and people should be united in their desire to put a reliable barrier to the pandemic. That is why it is not money and material means but our discipline, consciousness and responsibility that come to the fore. And a big heart also matters.

 A friend in need is a friend indeed. This precisely describes the current situation, when the true essence of everyone is distinctive. Today, it depends on everyone what the descendants will say about us and how we will go down in history: society or rabble, people or a faceless, weak-willed, amorphous population. Also it would be clear what did we have in 2020: country or piece of territory.

It is gratifying to note that prominent representatives of our business have donated to foundations to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. Oleg Deripaska is building block for infection prevention and control, Vladimir Potanin has already transferred one billion roubles to such a foundation. The same amount will be transferred, according to Mikhail Fridman, by Alfa-Group. Yandex will give 1.5 billion roubles to help the victims of the pandemic...

I read the news feed: the world is closed; the economy is collapsing before our eyes. The army patrols the streets in different countries including those universally developed and democratic. In one of the European countries, such an army patrol examining the local nursing home found that the staff had fled leaving the helpless old people to stay with the dead patients. One of the bloggers posted images from world’s online cameras: extinct streets and canals of Venice, an empty alpine ski resort, depopulated Wall Street. One gets impression is that he is in a third-rate post-apocalypse dystopia.

The representative of the 14th Dalai Lama in Russia, CIS countries and Mongolia, the supreme lama of Kalmykia Telo Tulku Rinpoche is absolutely right: “he pandemic has dealt a powerful blow to the world community, changing the course of our daily lives and depriving us of any confidence in tomorrow. It generated fear, anxiety, stress and all the imaginable and unimaginable destructive emotions that have flooded our hearts."

 

Kalmykia Shazhin Lama Telo Tulku Rinpoche addressed Kalmykia residents. The address reads as follows:

“Dear friends! I am sure that all of you are closely following the news about the global pandemic of a new COVID-19 coronavirus infection that has spread across our precious planet and has affected thousands of people. The number of those who have fallen ill and died is increasing day by day. World medicine luminaries have no power to predict when a pandemic will come to naught, or to come up with a reliable solution to combat the disease.

A fourth-year student at the Higher School of Economics Dinara Dordzhieva from Elista won the 20th ‘Mediterranean Flower’ chess championship in Croatia.

The prestigious chess competition was attended by 10 chess players: three female grandmasters and seven international FIDE masters who took part in the championship held in a circular system. The decisive match took place in the fifth round, when Dinara beat the rating favourite Slovenian Laura Unuk and took the lead from her nearest rival Russian Ekaterina Smirnova. Thus, the Kalmyk chess player completed her third female grandmaster score and added 14 points to her individual rating of 2354 points.

 

On 23 March, the multinational people of Chechnya celebrate the Constitution Day. First president of Kalmykia, sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the head and residents of Chechnya on this significant date. The congratulation reads as follows:

“Dear Ramzan Akhmatovich! I heartily congratulate you and all the people of Chechen republic on the Constitution Day of Chechnya. On this very day, 23 March 2003, residents of Chechnya voted for the first Constitution of the Chechen Republic at a republican referendum. At that time, fighting was still going on in the mountains, bandits and terrorists from more than 50 countries did not abandon their attempts to intimidate Chechen people; the political, economic and social crisis reigned in your republic.

 

On 23 March, the multinational people of Chechnya celebrate the Constitution Day. First president of Kalmykia, sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the head and residents of Chechnya on this significant date. The congratulation reads as follows:

“Dear Ramzan Akhmatovich! I heartily congratulate you and all the people of Chechen republic on the Constitution Day of Chechnya. On this very day, 23 March 2003, residents of Chechnya voted for the first Constitution of the Chechen Republic at a republican referendum. At that time, fighting was still going on in the mountains, bandits and terrorists from more than 50 countries did not abandon their attempts to intimidate Chechen people; the political, economic and social crisis reigned in your republic.

 

Media headlines resemble front-line reports. World exchanges are unstable as if half a dozen transnational corporations gone bankrupt at once. Countries shut their borders, and you will only see a lonely passer-by on the city streets, who is dressed most likely in uniform.

Such apocalyptic pictures of today's reality are not the result of an alien invasion or a natural disaster on a global scale, but a new causative agent of acute respiratory viral infection (ARVI) known as COVID-19.

The World Health Organization has already announced the onset of a pandemic. This statement seemed to have spurred an avalanche of panic rumours, conspiracy versions and a decadent mood spread.

According to the results of the European Tree of the Year 2020, Lone Poplar from Kalmykia is listed among the top three, winning third place.

On 17 March, in Brussels, the winners of the European Tree of the Year 2020 were announced. As a result of the online voting, Lonely Poplar from Kalmykia won an honourable third place by 27,411 votes.
The second place took Ginkgo from Daruvar (Republic of Croatia, 28,060 votes). The winner of the competition was the Guardian of the flooded village from the Czech Republic. 47,226 people voted for it.

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