Tomorrow, June 12, our country will celebrate a big holiday, the Day of the Russia’s sovereign statehood’s revival. This holiday unites all of us because of sincere and selfless love for the Motherland.

I often remember how I (a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of Russia) created the new politics faction Smena a quarter of a century ago. Its members were Alexander Pochinok, Boris Nemtsov, Alexander Lyubimov, Ilya Konstantinov, Alexander Politkovsky and other wonderful, freedom-loving politicians and journalists.
It was our faction that initiated the Declaration on State Sovereignty of the RSFSR, which was adopted on June 12, 1990, amid a difficult political struggle (with a margin of only four votes).

According to the New York Times, the Pentagon examined the evidence of UFOs and did not find any alien footprint in these phenomena. The Pentagon report will be presented to the public on June 25. However, it will not apparently have any effect on public opinion: both those who believe in aliens and those who do not will hold to their belief. The reason is that these phenomena are observed throughout the history of humankind. Legendary BBC journalist Seva Novgorodtsev writes about this in his blog:

“From time to time we witness unexplained phenomena. This does not mean that the inexplicable should be rejected just because it cannot be reproduced in the laboratory.

I remember how I had to interview a naval sailor, captain of the first rank, commander of the nuclear submarine base of the Northern Fleet. He wrote reports to his superiors about the UFOs, which distracted the personnel and generally prevented it from fulfilling its duty and obligation to defend the homeland.

“How can you”, I said to the captain, “a man with a higher education and great military experience believe such nonsense?” "And what shall I believe," he answered, "if they really fly!"

I remember another interview with the former President of Kalmykia and the head of the FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who spoke about his meeting with the inhabitants of a flying saucer. He recalls it as a dream, or maybe not quite a dream, but there are witnesses that for some time Ilyumzhinov disappeared from a locked Moscow apartment on the 7th floor.

On June 7, Moscow Buddhists performed an unusual ritual - the destruction of the Bhaishajyaguru (Medicine Buddha) mandala at the Moscow office of the Russian Buddhist traditional sangha. It was aimed at quickly healing all the sick and especially those who are struggling with COVID-19.

In the centre of the mandala, there is a palace made of gold, silver, white and red pearls and a Vaidurya stone (Buddhists believe that its radiance is capable of expelling diseases). It is adorned with precious stones, which, according to the Tibetan Canon of Medicine, "pacify 404 diseases." And inside there is a throne on which the Medicine Buddha himself sits in monastic robes. In his left hand he holds a bowl with a healing plant myroblan - a symbol of a medicine for all diseases of the soul and body.

On June 6, we celebrated the birthday of the great Russian poet - Alexander Pushkin. The date, albeit not round, but very beautiful - the poet was born 222 years ago. In the famous Monument poem, Alexander Pushkin wrote truly prophetic verses: "... The rumour about me will spread throughout the whole of Russia, // And every language in it will call me. // And the proud grandson of the Slavs, and the Finn, and now wild // Tungus, and a friend of the steppes Kalmyk."

Each generation of Kalmyks considers Pushkin to be their contemporary developing its own personal communication with the poet. In Kalmykia, Pushkin's influence is noticeable in all forms of art without exception. They write poems about him, create pictures, stage performances, and dedicate concerts to him. Pushkin has long been actively translated into the Kalmyk language.

On June 4, Moscow hosted a meeting of the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov with the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan in Russia Onur Ahmed Onur. The parties discussed implementation of joint economic and humanitarian projects and an agenda for Ilyumzhinov's upcoming working visit to Sudan.

The parties noted broad opportunities for comprehensive and mutually beneficial cooperation, including 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: “Today, many countries are working in Sudan, but Russia, a powerful large country, is poorly represented there, although we greatly respect your working methods and we want to jointly develop not only business, but also educational projects and developing humanitarian ties."

June 3 is a most filled holiday! The most filled day with all kinds of holidays is June 3! I had never even heard of many of them before. I am announcing the entire list, almost complete:

• Love Conquers All Day
• World Bicycle Day
• Birthday of the parachute
• Day of remembrance of snow
• Insect Repellent Awareness Day
• World Clubfoot Day
• Impersonate Authority Day
• National Moonshine Day, USA
• National Egg Day, USA
• National Chocolate Macaroon Day, USA
• National Repeat Day, USA
• National Itch Day, USA

On May 28, journalist and architect Ilya Varlamov arrived in Elista. He is known for visiting different countries of the world and cities of Russia, evaluating them from the point of view of urbanism. On Saturday, May 29, the blogger acquainted himself with Elista.

“I walked a lot today. People came up to me. And everyone who approached me asked same question: "Well, how do you like Elista?"
The journalist noted the national flavour of the republic's capital, which other cities cannot boast of. “Such scenery is rare. You can be proud of it,” he said. “Even in Moscow there are no so many excellent modern sculptures as you have. And that's great,” the blogger added.
The history of the appearance of sculptures on the streets of Elista is as follows: in 1997-1998, by order of first President of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, four international biennial competitions were held in Elista: "The Great Silk Road", "Man and Nature through the Eyes of the East", " World of David Kugultinov" and "Planet Kaissa ".

On June 1, the world celebrates Children's Day. We called Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and asked him to share his thoughts about this holiday. This is what he told us: “Children are the most precious thing we have; we live for them. Children are our future".

First President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wished children and their parents happiness, health and peace. But he noted that love for children as any other love should be manifested not in words, but in actions, in deeds.
We publish an excerpt from the interview that Kirsan Nikolayevich gave in 2007, at the traditional VII international chess tournament in Kazakhstan.
- I am especially pleased to thank those people who work with children. Children do not have to become great champions later, such as Garry Kasparov, Robert Fischer or Nona Gaprindashvili, but practicing this sport helps people to become learned and purposeful.

12 years ago, we introduced chess lessons in schools of our republic. Now one hundred percent of children play it. Some have become masters, grandmasters and champions of Europe and the world. Most importantly, children have become more disciplined and learn better. In schools where chess is taught well, academic performance in all subjects has increased two to three times. Our Kalmyk children have already become winners of many international school Olympiads: in mathematics, biology, physics, literature and other sciences. That is, chess really reveals the intellectual abilities of our children.
In April 1993, one of the first decrees that I signed concerned exactly the support of chess in the republic. Later, at FIDE, we created the Chess in Schools programme.
At the first stage, the task was the most mundane: to teach children to play chess. And it was not a compulsory programme, but an optional one. But when school principals saw that in schools where chess was taught, even if it was optional, academic performance increased sharply and the number of children being brought to the police decreased, they also joined our programme.

On May 31, Kalmyk businessman Mingiyan Yashaev celebrates his 50th anniversary. In his congratulations, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov noted the great role of Mingiyan Yashaev in the development of entrepreneurship in Kalmykia.

First President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent his best wishes to entrepreneur Mingiyan Yashaev on his 50th birthday:
“I convey my best wishes to my fellow countryman, entrepreneur Mingiyan Yashaev on the 50th birthday! I wish you all the best. May your life shine with the light of joy and goodness. I wish you family happiness, love and understanding. May your children delight you and help you in conquering new heights.
I wish you as much strength and opportunities as possible in achieving your goals, good health, positive emotions and good mood!"

On this auspicious occasion, when we commemorate the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and entering into Mahaparinirvana, I offer my greetings to fellow Buddhists all over the world.

Buddha Shakyamuni took birth as a prince of the Shakya clan in ancient India about 2600 years ago. The Pali and Sanskrit Traditions declare that the Buddha attained enlightenment at dawn of the full moon day that we call Buddha Purnima. Both the traditions agree that he was not enlightened from the beginning but became the Buddha through meeting the right conditions and striving to accumulate the two stores of merit and wisdom. According to the Sanskrit Tradition, he had to do that for many aeons and entailed his manifesting the four bodies of a Buddha—the Natural Truth Body, the Wisdom Truth Body, the Complete Enjoyment Body and the Emanation Body.

A Buddha’s complete absorption in meditation on emptiness is the Wisdom Truth Body, from which he manifests in different forms. The Complete Enjoyment Body appears to Arya Bodhisattvas, while the Emanation Body is visible to all. Buddha Shakyamuni was a Supreme Emanation Body, the source of a continuous flow of activities to benefit sentient beings.

The Buddha’s teaching is essentially practical. It is not just for one group of people or one country, but for all sentient beings. People can follow this path according to their ability and inclination. I, for instance, started my Buddhist education as a child and although I am now nearly 86 years old, I am still learning. Therefore, whenever I can, I encourage Buddhists I meet to be 21st century Buddhists, to discover what the teaching really means and to put it into effect. This entails listening and reading, thinking about what you have heard and read and making yourself deeply familiar with it.

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