On January 18, one of the most popular artists of the National Order of the "Badge of Honour" of Basangov Drama Theatre Honoured Artist of the Republic of Kalmykia Vitaly Nadbitov celebrated his birthday.

Due to his characteristic appearance and comedic gift, which does not prevent him from playing tragic roles, Vitaly Nadbitov was nicknamed Kalmyk Nikulin during his years of study at GITIS.
About 17 years ago, he was awarded the title of Honoured Artist of the Republic of Kalmykia. First President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov signed the relative decree in his car before leaving for the airport. The then Minister of Culture Arkady Mandzhiev asked Ilyumzhinov in surprise: "Does he still have no title?"

It happened in the end of the 90s. 1997. Elista’s Uralan FC has just advanced to the top division. The average club became to be the main candidate for downgrading after a season. However, Uralan surprised everyone. In 1998, it took seventh place and it climbed into the semi-finals of the Russian Cup the next season.

Uralan was also remembered for its attempt to invite Diego Maradona. The goal was simply to bring a football star to the team and thus attract the attention of football fans and people of Kalmykia. Uralan almost succeeded in this, but Maradona's health problems intervened.

- Hegel divided the duties of a person into four categories. He said that he did not know which of them was the most important. Responsibilities before yourself, your family, the state and other people. What do you think is the most important?

- My responsibilities come first. You see, there are some inner values ​​that are the main ones in assessing your own deeds and actions. Ultimately, the most important thing for me is how I feel about it, whether I am satisfied or not with what I have done. And this does not always coincide with the opinions of others.
For example, we once erected an Exodus and Return monument. This is an embodied in stone our feasible tribute to the memory of the tragedy that the long-suffering Kalmyk people went through. All the newspapers then wrote that even if Kirsan now retires, then subsequent generations would be grateful to him, at least for this.


You've hardly heard of chess player Peter Winston, who beat a three-time US champion at 14 and was considered one of the most talented players in the 70s. At the age of 19, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances and has not yet been found. The disappearance of Peter is a milestone in the history of American chess, of which historians, politicians and journalists write decades later. 

Since childhood, Peter was considered a genius, and there was a reason:
• at 18 months, he learned the alphabet by looking at the volumes of the Britannica, and soon he was able to read;
• by the age of three, Peter understood fractional numbers. As contemporaries recall, he could immediately tell what week his birthday would fall in any year;
• at the age of 5, Winston spoke to the elementary class with a detailed analysis of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, information about which he collected from newspapers and TV shows.
In 1964, The Saturday Evening Post published an article about Peter Winston (right next to Thomas Pynchon's story), a 6-year-old genius boy who went to Sands Point, a school for the gifted on Long Island.


Neither economics nor politics can justify  the oppression of human beings, the crushing of their delicate and complex inner worlds, their beliefs, principles , morals and spirit. However, those in power do try to destroy and influence. Without our willing it or even being aware' of it billions of cells live in each one of us. Why not use these cells against the people themselves? Each hair and molecule exists independent of our will, thoughts and feelings. So it is possible to suppress people's emotions and desires at a molecular level. We live most of our lives chaotically and unconsciously . So it is possible to increase the chaos, penetrate people's dreams, ruin their inner selves, subjugate them and make docile automatons out of them. We long for communication because deep down we are afraid to be alone. Why not intensify this fear?


One of the Elista’s streets is named after Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Kirsan Erdninovich Ilyumzhinov, the eldest son of his grandfather, was born in the village of Vlasovskaya in the Salsk District of the Don Cossack Region in 1889. His personal documents have not survived, except for the only enlarged photograph, where he is dressed in a military jacket with a harness over his shoulder.

Kirsan was the second child in my grandfather's family. He grew up surrounded by sisters: the elder Saksyk and the two younger ones, Nimgir and Komush. Therefore, his father treated him in a special way, because he saw in him primarily the successor of the Ilyumzhinov family. Apparently, for this reason, Erdni's grandfather of all children decided to educate only him.

The degrading, impoverished life of the empire's republics, the blatant falsity of the law and the media, the arbitrariness and stupidity of the authorities that stood above the law, the inherent Antisemitism and national conceit all accelerated the ruin of the USSR. Indeed, if God wishes to punish a person He removes their rational abilities.  While Europe was in the process of dismantling its national borders and uniting its states we, according to a classic model, were busy setting fire to our former idols, and bowing to the ashes.

I remember the euphoria of those days. The radiant faces of people congratulating one another. It seems tha t only the Communists spoke out against what they considered to be inadmissible. But who cared about what they had to say at the time? The hitherto suppressed hatred of the people for the CPSU - which had trapped the country in a steel web of ideology and was used to giving commands and telling everyone how to live, what to eat, say and think - broke out and smashed down all barriers.


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 believe in Russia's bright future. Russia, indeed, might become a real bridge between East and West," the Dalai Lama said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant in New Delhi after his first-ever joint conference with leading Russian neuroscientists and philosophers, adding that "Russians are a great nation."

 "I look at America and I hear a lot of criticism directed at the White House. Many who were in favour of Donald Trump are now against him. On the other hand, looking at Russia, I see many are advocating the fight against corruption, I think it was impossible during Stalin's time. Anyway, the changes will come, maybe not so fast as some would like. I believe in the great future of Russia, which is a country that could become a bridge between the East and the West," he said. 

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was present at the Moscow Rapid Chess Championship held on 2 September, 2012. One of the contestants, Vasily Papin, who wrote an open letter to Ali Nihat Yazici a few days ago, talked with FIDE president about the scandalous situation at the Istanbul Olympics with a denial of accreditation to Chess-News chief editor Yevgeny Surov.

Papin informed about the outcome of their talks on rostovchess.ru website. Ilyumzhinov confirmed that he was aware of this conflict, "which does not contribute to the festive atmosphere of the event." In this regard, FIDE president requested the Olympics organizing committee to accredit Surov. “Any decision made will be the decision of the organizing committee.”


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