As the first decree as president of Kalmykia, I introduced chess as a compulsory subject in all schools. Over few years, students’ academic performance had increased by 40 percent, and the commission on juvenile affairs simply had nothing to do.

Among the 83 regions of the Russian Federation, Kalmyk schoolchildren came out on top. In 1995, when I became President of FIDE, I began to introduce the Chess in Schools programmes all over the world. I visited up to a hundred countries a year and organized chess lessons in each school. What for? It's just that this is the only kind of human activity that simultaneously develops both hemispheres of the brain. When you figure out which piece to move, your left hemisphere, which is responsible for logic and numbers begins to work actively. But you do not immediately move the piece, but calculate what will happen in 2-3 moves and then the right hemisphere, which is responsible for creativity and imagination, turns on.

Today, the footage of the old newsreel is surprising. During the matches for the title of world chess champion, crowds of people stormed the hall to feel involved in the most intellectual game invented by mankind. An invariable attribute of any park of ‘culture and rest’ was a chess pavilion with boards and chess clocks for hire, and also portraits of world champions. The arenas of chess battles were ‘red corners’ in hot shops and offices of big bosses.

Challenge matches, not to mention the fights for the title of champion, were commented on television at the most convenient time. Chess was a part of the life of the whole Soviet society.

Dear veterans! I sincerely congratulate you on this holiday - Victory Day! Thank you for the Victory! Thank you for our life!

This sacred holiday will forever remain a symbol of unparalleled courage and fortitude for us. Our fathers and grandfathers defended the Motherland from the enemy and saved the world from fascism in the bloodiest war in the history of mankind. We are proud of the heroism and steadfastness of the front-line soldiers, as well as the dedication of the home front workers.
The Kalmyk people made a worthy contribution to the common Victory. 43,210 natives of our republic fought on the Great Patriotic War fronts. The natives of Kalmykia actively participated in the partisan movement. About four thousand soldiers from Kalmykia were awarded orders and medals for military merits. 22 soldiers, who showed exceptional courage and heroism, were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. My grandfather, Dorzhi Erdnievich Ilyumzhinov, went through the entire Great Patriotic War and ended it on May 9, 1945 in Berlin. He was decorated with orders and medals.

On April 30, my great friend, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan, Azad Rahimov, passed away. Unfortunately, I learned late about the death of this wonderful man, since I am still in Beirut.

I want to note that Azad Arif oglu Rahimov made a huge contribution to the development of Azerbaijani sports and world chess. Thanks to him, in 2016 the 42nd World Chess Olympiad was held in Baku and was recognized as one of the best in the history of FIDE.
I believe that Azerbaijani sport has suffered an irreparable loss. Azad Rahimov died suddenly at the age of 57. So sad. I have lost a worthy, very kind and helpful friend.
This is a great loss for all of us. I express my condolences to his family and friends. Blessed is the memory of our Friend!

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov conveyed his best wishes to the readers of www.kirsan.today on May Day, the Day of Spring and Labour: May 1 is one of the most popular holidays in our country. It is a holiday of a working man, a day when valiant work is celebrated for the benefit of the Fatherland."  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov noted: “May Day is a national holiday of spring and prosperity, glorious labour achievements and our common hopes for a peaceful and dignified life.

Thank you veterans and those who are just beginning their careers. Thank you all those who worked valiantly and who today apply their strength and abilities to the prosperity of our homeland! On this holiday, I wish everyone health and happiness, peace and prosperity!

I think our readers are well aware of the main milestones that marked the work of Ilyumzhinov as President of FIDE. In particular, we all remember that it took him not 2-3 years, but almost 11 years to achieve his main goal - the unification of chess mankind years. The tasks that had to be solved turned out to be difficult...

- Popularity of chess is made up of two inextricably linked components - the attention of media and the number of amateurs who are keen on it. How do these components relate to each other and what is of higher priority for you at this stage?

- I could formulate my task something like this: with the help of media representatives, to instill in parents an understanding that children should be taught chess. But in order to effectively use the memories of grandparents, in order to patch the time gap that arose in the 90s in chess, it is necessary to use television. For this, there must be a message from the state. In this regard, I do not quite understand what the channels management is thinking,

And further. The number of rated chess players in the world has grown 11 times in recent years. There are 186 FIDE member national federations on the planet now! And I really want the number of registered chess fans in the world to grow 10 times more!

- In the early 90s, you were considered one of the richest and most successful young businessmen in Russia. And business is akin to sports. As chess players always strive forward, so businessmen dream of expanding their possessions and increasing their finances. Are you not sorry that all these years you have not been able to continue your financial activities in the same volume, that chess distracted you?

- Sorry is not for me. Sorry is for my friends and acquaintances, those who lived on my money. It is a pity for them! (Laughs.) But I am philosophical about it in a Buddhist way. We came naked, naked and we will leave, we will not take anything with us into the other world. Once I had two planes, but I sold these planes and with this money I built the largest Buddhist temple in Europe...

173 years ago, the Communist Party presented its programme to the world in the form of a manifesto written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The development of communism followed difficult paths, along with storms of upswing, it knew periods of decline, along with successes and cruel defeats. The communists, representatives of the revolutionary proletariat of different countries of Europe, America and Asia, who gathered in Soviet Moscow in 1919, felt and recognized themselves as the successors and leaders of the cause, whose programme was announced 173 years ago. Their task was to generalize the revolutionary experience of the working class, to unite the efforts of all the revolutionary parties of the world proletariat and thereby facilitate and accelerate the victory of the communist revolution throughout the world.

This is how the Comintern (III International) was created - an international organization that united the communist parties of various countries. The Comintern existed from 1919 to 1943. In 1943 it stopped his work by order of Joseph Stalin.
On the eve of May 1, the Day of Spring and Labour, which today is marked by a long weekend, we invite readers of www.kirsan.today to familiarize themselves with the manifesto of the Comintern, written by Leon Trotsky.
“Now that Europe is covered in rubble and heaps of smoking ruins, the greatest arsonists are busy looking for the culprits of the war. They are followed by their servants, professors, parliamentarians, journalists, social patriots and other political pimps of the bourgeoisie...

Today marks 35 years since the Chernobyl disaster. On April 26, 1986, an explosion took place in reactor No 4. The world was enveloped in a cloud of radiation. The true causes of the tragic events at the station have not yet been finally determined.
The world is faced with a catastrophe that the history of mankind has not yet known. On the map of radiation pollution of Europe, 13 countries fell into the zone. In Ukraine, two cities were particularly hard hit by radiation, Chernobyl and Pripyat. About 80 villages and surrounding forests were infected. About1,856 square kilometres were contaminated with radioactive cesium. Nobody knew how other dangerous products - strontium, plutonium - will behave. ...
People heroically fought against sudden disaster. To eliminate the consequences of the explosion, 210 military units - about 340 thousand soldiers and officers - were sent. The first 32 liquidators received 1000 roentgens each while a dose of 800 is considered lethal.
The specialists sent to carry out work on the emergency unit and around it. Military units, both regular and composed of urgently called up reservists, were later called “liquidators''. Among them was our compatriot, an officer of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Elista, warrant officer of the police Savr Ulyumdzhiev.

The religious leader of the Buddhists, the 14th Dalai Lama said that all the inhabitants of the planet n danger due to the deterioration of the ecological situation:

I often joke that the moon and stars look beautiful, but if any of us tried to live on them, we would be miserable. This planet of ours is a delightful habitat. Its life is our life, its future our future. Indeed, the earth acts like a mother to us all. Like children, we are dependent on her. In the face of such global problems as the effect of global heating and depletion of the ozone layer, individual organizations and single nations are helpless. Unless we all work together, no solution can be found. Our mother earth is teaching us a lesson in universal responsibility.

On April 22, 1870, the greatest genius was born, who opened a new era in the history of
mankind - the era of controlled history, social justice, one might say Vitacracy ("Right to
Life"), when a working man becomes a true creator of history.
The farther from us the era when Lenin lived and made history, the better we see the true
scale of his personality. And I am sure that another hundred and thousand years will pass,
but people will remember Lenin. At present, all thinking people on Earth are beginning to
understand that the only way to save humanity from environmental destruction and out of
hopeless humiliating poverty is socialism. Only because of socialism does humanity have a
future. That is why I kept my party membership card and remained a communist even when
the mass exodus from the CPSU began.
Page 1 of 181