The Russians named the top five regions with the most beautiful Buddhist temples according to their monumentality and serenity. The rating of such places was made by the global BlaBlaCar carpooling marketplace.

So, the list is headed by Kalmykia, which is the only region in Europe where Buddhism is officially professed. There are several dozen monasteries and temples in the republic. The most significant datsan is the Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni in Elista. It is a Buddhist khurul, to which construction Kirsan Ilyumzhinov donated a huge amount of personal funds, followed by the residents of the republic. The temple was erected in less than a year and a half. It was opened on December 27, 2005.
Another famous temple is in the city of Lagan. The statue of Buddha Maitreya is a monument 12.5 meters high and weighing 30 tons. It contains sacred relics, texts of prayers, handfuls of earth from holy places and jewels.

Friday brought unexpected news: Dmitry Muratov, a long-time editor of Novaya Gazeta, became a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Together with him, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa received the award.

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded since 1901. During this time, 98 awards were presented. Last year, in 2020, the prize went to the humanitarian organization World Food Programme, which combat hunger in conflict-affected areas of the world.
In 2009, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, became the winner. He was awarded for his outstanding efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation among peoples.
In 2007, the Peace Prize went to former US presidential candidate Al Gore for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.
In 1993, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Peace Prize for his work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.


On October 6, in Moscow, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with Charge d'Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan in Russia Onur Ahmed Onur at the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the possibilities for the implementation of joint economic and humanitarian projects. Sudan is traditionally an important market for Russian companies. Back in 2019, Mr Onur Ahmed Onur said that Russia should be present in Africa as one of the superpowers. Recall that on January 5, 2021, Russia and Sudan celebrated the 65th anniversary of establishing the diplomatic relations.
On the same day, Kirsan Nikolaevich met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation, Dulamsuren Davaa. During the meeting, the parties discussed the upcoming visit of Ilyumzhinov to Mongolia, as well as prospects for the implementation of business projects and a few cultural and sports undertakings in Mongolia.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov made an appeal for a humanitarian revolution and announced that he was ready to become one of its active participants. Ilyumzhinov believes that "it is doubtful that the West will share with us truly advanced technologies today, and not scientific and technical second-hand". However, modernization is not limited to solving the problem of "catching up with the West" - the society must be ready for this.

In his opinion, the humanitarian environment in Russia has been destroyed over the past 20 years. Therefore, he proposed to create a humanitarian branch of the Skolkovo innovation centre in Kalmykia. It is assumed that "several hundred leading humanities scientists, whose enormous potential has not been adequately demanded in recent years and even decades" can work happily in new infrastructure, life, aura and atmosphere.
“I think it is our steppe, which is conducive to contemplation and reflection, remote from industrial sweatshops, ecologically clean and ontologically calm is most suitable for bringing together leading Russian philosophers and thinkers.

On October 5, over a hundred countries celebrate World Teachers' Day. This is a professional holiday for all teachers, tutors and educators - a day when the role and merits of teachers as well as their invaluable contribution to the development of society are celebrated.

The first Kalmykia President, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated teachers and veterans of pedagogical work in Kalmykia on Teacher's Day. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a graduate of Elista school No. 3, wrote:
“Our dear Teachers! I congratulate you on your professional holiday, Teacher's Day! I will never forget the generosity of your loving hearts, your patience and understanding, dedication and love for us, your students!

Twenty-five years ago, built according to all the canons of a Buddhist temple, the first and largest in the region Khurul of Kalmykia Syakusn Syume was solemnly opened at the vicinity of the village of Arshan on October 5, 1996.

The first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the Kalmykia people on the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first Buddhist temple in post-Soviet Kalmykia Syakusn Syume ("Geden Sheddub Choi Korling") or, as it is also called Arshan Khurul. The text of congratulation reads as follows:
“I would like to sincerely thank everyone who took part in the construction of the Syakusn Syume Khurul. The place was consecrated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and we did our best to build the khurul.
Many people probably remember opening of Syakusn Syume on October 5, 1996. The weather was cloudy, the sky was overcast. And suddenly the clouds dispersed and the sun illuminated everything around with warm bright rays. They lit up the statue of Buddha, which people carried in their hands into the temple and the statue shone. The people who came to the celebration were overwhelmed with delight. They said: "This is a sign; this is a miracle!"

Twenty-eight years ago, on October 4, 1993, Boris Yeltsin decided to storm the House of Soviets. Then the order was given to use tanks and armoured vehicles.

No doubt, there were politicians who were out for blood. There were enough of them on both sides of the barricades. But for many others and for me the question was simple: what can be done to prevent carnage. Violent conflict, I still think so, was a very bad idea. In peacetime, people should not die for political reasons.
“One just need to do everything to stop the carnage. At the end of the 20th century, it is unacceptable to solve political problems with tanks and helicopters,” I thought then. I think so now.
In September 1993, when it became clear that the conflict between the president and the Supreme Council was becoming irreversible, on the initiative of several politicians - Ramazan Abdulatipov, Anatoly Sobchak and mine - the Council of Federation Subjects, the prototype of the current Federation Council, was created.
Many regional leaders and chairmen of legislative assemblies, who were against the tough conflict, entered this body. Me and chairman of the Leningrad Oblast Council Vadim Gustov were elected co-chairs. We gathered in the office of the Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin and drew up an appeal to the warring parties. It was signed by 68 people.

October 1 is International Day of Older Persons. Since 1991, this holiday has been celebrated all over the world; it entered the calendar of significant dates at the 45th session of the UN General Assembly.

The first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the older generation, veterans of the chess movement, war and labour veterans of Kalmykia:
“Dear veterans of the older generation! I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart! We owe a lot to you, who survived and won in the difficult years of war and hardship, who defended peace and freedom, who made a huge contribution to the restoration and development of the economy.

The administration of the Golden Abode of Shakyamuni Buddha announced that from September 29 to October 1 Buddha wealth vessels for the Yangdrub ritual will be received in the Central Khurul of Kalmykia, the Golden Abode of Shakyamuni.

All tantric rituals will be held online from October 2 to 6. The broadcast will be available on the official YouTube channel of the Central Khurul.
Initially, large-scale rituals were carried out in Kalmykia in 2004, when, at the invitation of Telo Tulku Rinpoche, the monks of the Gyudmed Tantric monastery visited us. But at that time, almost none of the Kalmyks knew about the amazing vessels of wealth, the consecration of which, according to tradition, takes place during the Yangdrub ritual.
In general, the ritual itself, as the Shajin Lama of the republic Telo Tulku Rinpoche says, contributes to the realization of good luck, prosperity and wealth in people's lives. The word wealth means not only material well-being. This is the acquisition of positive qualities of mind, good luck, health, good karma and prosperity.

On September 23, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Moscow, where he met with his friend and fellow student at MGIMO, now Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Russian Federation, Dang Minh Khoi.

“I am with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Russian Federation, my friend and fellow student at MGIMO Dang Minh Khoi. He conveyed his greetings to me and presented a gift from the ex-president of Vietnam, Mr Nguyen Minh Triet," commented Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

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