Restrictions on mass gatherings which are still in force in the Russian Federation did not prevent thousands of Buddhists and well-wishers across Russia from celebrating an auspicious occasion of 85th anniversary of His Holiness the Dalai Lama with numerous celebratory events being held online. 
Moscow Office of Tibet and Save Tibet Foundation has created a special website to celebrate His Holiness birthday providing an opportunity for everyone, both dignitaries and common people, to send their birthday wish to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The greetings, in video and text format, have been publicly shared and given everyone a chance to rejoice and celebrate together. Click here to visit the website:

As we already reported, the first Turgenev chess tournament will be held in Spassky-Lutovinovo. The tournament’s honoured guests will be sixth FIDE president,  first president of the Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, as well as the famous grandmaster, world youth champion (1975) Valery Chekhov.

The Turgenev chess tournament will be held on July 18, 2020 in the alleys of the Ivan Turgenev's Spasskoe-Lutovinovo Museum-Reserve. The tournament programme includes chess matches, thematic excursions, lectures, as well as a simuls with Grandmaster Valery Chekhov. In addition, the famous chess player will analyse the famous Turgenev chess game.


On the 85th birthday of the Dalai Lama, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (first President of the Republic of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE) shared his memories of his meetings with the spiritual leader of the Buddhists and sent him best wishes. Here is a transcript of the video.

"Dear friends! Today is a great day for all of us: today marks the 85th birthday of a genius of mankind, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has done a lot for peace, love, kindness and for all living beings on our planet. Therefore, we all love His Holiness, we wish him well and long happy life.


He said: “Tomorrow is my birthday and I have suggested that if you want to make me a gift, what you could do is to recite at least one thousand ‘manis’, or six syllable mantras, without allowing your mind to drift. The first syllable, ‘Om’, consists of three letters A U and Ma, which represent our body, speech and mind. It’s on the basis of body, speech and mind that we designate the ‘I’, which is generally under the influence of afflictive emotions. We can purify them and attain the mind of a Buddha.

If each of you recites the mantra one thousand times, the benefit will multiply. And if you dedicate the merit to my long life, it will help me to live to be 108 or 110 years old.” 

On July 6, the spiritual leader of the Buddhists, Nobel Laureate 14th Dalai Lama turned 85 years old. First President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulates His Holiness on his birthday.

“Your Holiness, with all my heart I congratulate you on your birthday! I am honoured to live on Earth at the same time as you. For me, as for all Buddhists on the planet, it is a great honour to be your follower. We, living at the same time and on the same planet with you, are very lucky: we can see and feel the living embodiment of the Buddha of Compassion.

Several years ago, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov requested the leaders of our country and mayor of Moscow to provide FIDE with an office accommodation in the capital of the Russian Federation. 

Recently, the Moscow government agreed to support FIDE. Therefore, they provided an excellent option for placing an office in the capital.

On July 1, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov received an invitation letter to become the Honorary Guest of the first Turgenev Chess Tournament:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich! I am addressing you, the sixth president of the International Chess Federation, who has made a huge contribution to the development of chess and reformatted the entire chess world.
On July 18, the Spasskoye Lutovinovo museum-reserve “IvanTurgenev “will host the first Turgenev chess tournament. It is held to promote the talent of Ivan Turgenev as a chess grandmaster. After all, it is known that ‘Turgenev was the best w

In March 2000, the Government of Kalmykia Air Defence, headed by President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov together with the Moscow based Marina Line launched the NOSTRAC transport corridor project linking Europe with the Middle East and Asia. It was reported that NOSTRAC should become a kind of alternative to the TRACECA project.

To optimize freight traffic, the developers of the NOSTRAC proposed establishing a ferry service between the Russian coast of the Caspian Sea and the coasts of Turkmenistan and Iran. The project provided for the development of a new ferry service. It was supposed to operate from the border of Kalmykia and Dagestan in Russia. Further, it would have linked Türkmenbaşy, formerly known as Krasnovodsk in Turkmenistan, and Amirabad in Iran. The value of the project investments was estimated at $ 2.5-3 billion.


I was interested deeply in the First Olympiad. I lived in the same room with the president of the Ukrainian Chess Federation Ivan Byk. Today, all players ask for single rooms, but then I did not pay attention to comfort concentrating on playing. Then the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov built Chess City for the Olympics in Elista. However, when we arrived nothing was ready. As a result, they reduced the number of tours. We played during weekends and we started late. We played in the building, where some repair work continued. However, when you are young, you don’t pay much attention to it.


On June 28, the head of the Republic of Kalmykia, Batu Khasikov, celebrated his 40th birthday. First President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President sent his best wishes to him:

“Dear Batu Sergeyevich! Please accept my best wishes for good health, long life and great success in your complex and interesting work for the development and prosperity of Kalmykia. I wish you persistence and patience in solving important tasks facing the region!


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