On January 13, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Russia Kazem Jalali at the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the substantive part of the working agenda of Ilyumzhinov's upcoming business visit to Tehran, which is scheduled for early this year.
Recall that on December 2, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the Ambassador of Iran Kazem Jalali at the Iranian Embassy in Moscow. Then the parties discussed the possibilities for the implementation of humanitarian and economic projects.

On the eve of the Old New Year, January 13, the First Channel aired Let Them Talk show dedicated to New Year's wishes. Miracles happen! The New Year's dream of a young chess player - six-year-old Islam Khasanov from the Tyumen region - came true. The boy decided to visit the capital of our state and meet with sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. The large Khasanov family was invited to Moscow.

The Khasanov family is known as a chess family: Emil, Ramil and Islam study at MAU DO "Youth Sports School of Yarkov Municipal District" while the younger Aziz is just learning the basics of the intellectual game.
Emil and Ramil are multiple champions and prize-winners of regional competitions. Islam is the champion of the region, a participant in the regional competitions "Young Stars". He is showing great promise in chess.


I know there's nothing I can say, but Let them talk show refutes this. Real, non-fictional stories touch people more than pretentious arguments on general topics, because when they bring up a particular problem of an individual or a family, it concerns everyone without exception.

Let Them Talk show is one of the highest rated on Russian television. The main goal of the show is to help real people with real problems and troubles in life.

Dear Sergey! From the bottom of my heart I wish you happy birthday! 31 years is a significant figure, and although people of your age are considered to be very young, this is a step towards maturity, towards the accumulation of experience and new achievements and victories.

On this solemn and joyful day, please accept my admiration for your magnificent chess talent, exceptional diligence, fighting qualities and stamina in the face of the most serious tests.


On January 6, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with representatives of two great dynasties Alexander Alexandrovich and Serge Grevenits. They are descendants of A.S. Pushkin and the famous Kalmyk princely families of the Tundutovs, Balzanovs and Onkorovs. The interweaving of the destinies of Russian and Kalmyk history. Serge Grevenitz is a descendant of the great Russian poet Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin on his paternal side, since his father - Alexander Alexandrovich - is a descendant of the poet's youngest daughter Natalia. On the maternal side, Serge belongs to the Kalmyk aristocracy. His mother, Marina Nikolaevna, is the daughter of Nikolai Tundutov and Alexandra Balzanova.

During the New Year and Christmas holidays, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov held a number of meetings. Therefore, on December 7, Kirsan Nikolaevich met with the famous artist Alexei Parfenov, who presented him with his painting dedicated to the Nativity of Christ. Recall that in January 2020, Alexei Parfenov presented Ilyumzhinov with his portrait, painted in the master's favourite style, which painting experts call "Energism". He also presented Ilyumzhinov another painting called "The Chess Game". "Energism" is a new direction in art, which is the creative energy used by the artist to create not just a visual object, but also an informational one that influences the disclosure of consciousness.

Merry Christmas to all Orthodox Christians! This amazing holiday, illuminated by the unquenchable light of the Star of Bethlehem, gives us something that people all over the world lack so much today - hope. It also gives pacification, a sublime mood and a warm flame of love. We all, despite our confession, should unite around the ideals of goodness and mercy and fill our hearts with joy and hope. Christmas is a time of purity, light, good thoughts, and good deeds, caring for loved ones and for everyone who needs help. A great miracle has come to the world! Jesus Christ is born! May love and hope, prosperity and well-being, mutual understanding and happiness, peace and joy come to every home along with the warm light of the Christmas star!

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov received many New Year's greetings lately. We present a telegram from Yulia Zhironkina, director of the Save Tibetan Foundation for Preserving the Cultural and Philosophical Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism:
“Kirsan Nikolaevich, Happy New Year! I wish you strength, health, energy and new scientific discoveries. His Holiness plans to live to be 113 years old, that is, for 28 years we definitely need to hold on and work hard. All the best!"
First President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed deep gratitude to Yulia Zhironkina and noted, “Thanks to His Holiness, the 14th  Dalai Lama, the goals are clear, the tasks are defined. We need to hold on and work hard for 28 years and even more in the name of Peace and Vitacracy (the right to life for everyone on Earth)."
The editor’s note: Zhironkina Yulia Stanislavovna is Director of the Save Tibet Foundation for Preserving the Cultural and Philosophical Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and a professional translator from English.










Towards the end of the year, the readers, as far as I know, are most interested in analysis of past events and forecasts for the future. But I do not want to look back. The current year turned out to be not the best: a pandemic of the new coronavirus, mass demonstrations around the world, from the United States to Khabarovsk and economic crisis. Making plans for the future is also not so wise, especially since the following year, according to rumours, is not going to be not an easy one.
But on these winter days, for no reason at all, I suddenly remember episodes from a very distant past: childhood and those times when I just began to be aware of myself. Could it be that the subconscious is persistently seeking to suggest something?
Like many of my peers, having barely learned to walk, I was practically left to myself. Parents worked hard, and my grandmother, no matter how hard she tried, found it difficult to control the nimble grandson. So the first thing I met in this world was almost unlimited freedom.
Almost up to school age, I mostly grew up in the gang of a dozen of the reckless heads of various ages. We had to entertain ourselves having no TV or computer games. Well, we used our imagination. We searched for treasures and caught spies, staged chess championships and put on performances.
However, sometimes my grandmother managed to catch me. At home, she closed the door tightly, curtained the windows and opened her chest. Grandmother’s old chest seemed to be much more valuable than the treasure of the old pirate Flint! Here, under a heap of rags mixed with mothballs, the golden Buddha was carefully kept. My grandmother took him out and began to talk about his life and teachings and I repeated the words of the prayer after her.

Dear friends!  I wish you a Happy New Year 2021! According to the eastern calendar, the coming year of the Ox symbolizes persistence, vitality and success in new endeavours. With all my heart, I wish you exactly this - strength and persistence - to make any business you start successful! 

The Year of the Rat has passed. I think, we will have something to remember about this difficult period of our life. Still, the Rat taught us something good, which is to appreciate the luxury of human communication, to enjoy the little things that every day brings. As legendary manager Lee Iacocca wrote: “The sun must rise. It always does that.”

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