Today marks 20 years since two planes flying to Los Angeles were seized by terrorists and then aimed at the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre (WTC). Within two hours, both skyscrapers collapsed. The site where the WTC stood became known as the Ground Zero.

I can say without exaggeration that this terrible event shocked the world. September 11 is forever marked: "People, from that day on, the world has changed."
The victims of the terrorist attacks were 2,977 people from 92 countries: 246 passengers and aircraft crew members, 2,606 people in the buildings of the World Trade Centre and on the ground (of which there were 341 firefighters, two paramedics of the New York Fire Department, sixty police officers and eight Ambulance employees) and 125 people in the Pentagon.
In 2010, I sent a letter addressed to the Mayor of New York, Mr Bloomberg and the owner of a plot of land located near the former Twin Towers, with a proposal to buy this plot of land for $ 10 million and build a world chess centre there. I am sure that such a great game as chess could bond people and make it possible to avoid conflicts on religious and ethnic grounds in the future.

On September 8, Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev passed away. He was 55 years old. He died in the line of duty, while at an interdepartmental exercise to protect the Arctic zone from emergencies in Norilsk, saving a person's life. This happened during the filming of a training film, when an employee of the film crew fell into the water, who also died.

Evgeny Zinichev headed the Ministry of Emergency Situations since May 2018, he also was a member of the Security Council. On June 18, 2005, Evgeny Zinichev visited Kalmykia, accompanying Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

On September 6, the sports complex Schemilovsky at the Central Administrative District of Moscow held the Rapid Chess Cup dedicated to the City Day.

36 players took part in the tournament, including our young Kalmyk chess player Roman Shogdzhiev (coached by Mr Sarangov). Having proved his superiority, the 6-year-old player became the winner of the Cup. The chess player scored 6 points out of 7 and got a well-deserved first place.
“Roma is obsessed with chess! He actually "makes" me look for chess competitions. In the last month alone, he took part in more than 20 face-to-face chess tournaments of various levels. And that's not counting online tournaments on the Internet,” the chess player’s dad “complains.”

 Congratulations to all my Jewish friends on Rosh Hashanah, on the year 5782! This year it starts at sunset on Monday 6 September 2021 and ends at nightfall on Wednesday 8 September.

So, you can enjoy yourselves and have fun for almost three days, you can visit friends, give and receive gifts and thank the Almighty for this wonderful life, full of love and joy!
May the Rosh Hashanah holiday bring great success, true luck and love, a lot of happiness and prosperity! Let prayers be heard and all dreams come true.

On August 31, the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, while on a business visit to Sri Lanka, visited the main Buddhist temple of Sri Lanka.

There Ilyumzhinov performed a ritual near a tree that grew from the seed of the Bodhi tree, under which Prince Gautama attained enlightenment and became a Buddha. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov poured sacred water from a silver bowl on a tree.
While watering the sacred tree, Ilyumzhinov wished well-being to the entire Kalmyk people, asked for prosperity and health for them, and prayed for an early end to the pandemic.

On August 31, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov flew from Qatar to Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon) on a working visit. It is interesting that in translation from Sanskrit Sri Lanka means "glorious, blessed land."

There Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa. Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015. In 2011, Ilyumzhinov already met with Mr Rajapaksa, then the President of Sri Lanka.

On August 30, Russian statesman and politician Levon Chakhmakhchyan celebrates his birthday. The first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated Levon Chakhmakhchyan on his birthday:

“Dear Levon Khorenovich! I sincerely and with all my heart congratulate you on your birthday! For a long time of our acquaintance, we have come a long way together. It was not always simple and easy, but it was always filled with interesting ideas, bright events and fruitful work for the benefit of Kalmykia. You, Levon Khorenovich, being a member of the Federation Council from the People's Khural (Parliament) of the Republic of Kalmykia, have done a lot of good and important things for the republic, where you are still well known and remembered.
As a senator, you have shown yourself to be an outstanding organizer and leader, a purposeful public and political figure who has earned the well-deserved respect of my fellow countrymen.

 

The first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent his best wishes to the Russian military leader and statesman, the governor of the Tula region, Hero of the Russian Federation Alexei Dyumin on his birthday:

“Dear Alexey Gennadievich! Please accept my best wishes on your birthday! It is with warmth that I remember my visit to Tula at your invitation! I was greatly impressed by the Suvorov School, where children from all regions of our country study, including from my native Kalmykia. Special thanks for your support of chess in the region. I often remember my visit to the Tula 106th Guards Airborne Division, where, among others, my fellow Kalmyks are serving.

On August 25, 2021, in Moscow, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with a delegation led by the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic in Talas Oblast Bakytbek Narbekov.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the possibilities for the implementation of joint projects and signed an Agreement for future cooperation.
The agreement on social and economic cooperation was signed by the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic in Talas Oblast Bakytbek Narbekov and the first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

40 years ago, a mass grave of victims of the Great Terror of 1937-1938 was accidentally discovered at the Achinsk airport near Krasnoyarsk. In the late 1980s, with the help of Memorial Society volunteers at least six mass graves were found, where people who were allegedly shot were buried.

The Volga Germans, Balts, Kalmyks were exiled there. Once Kalmyks were brought to a manganese mine located not far from the city, they were placed in an open field, fenced with wire, where there was nothing, only a warders’ booth. They all were in dressing gowns and slippers in the 40-degree frost. Then warders took pity on them and drove them into the club of the manganese mine.

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