Several years ago, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov requested the leaders of our country and mayor of Moscow to provide FIDE with an office accommodation in the capital of the Russian Federation. 

Recently, the Moscow government agreed to support FIDE. Therefore, they provided an excellent option for placing an office in the capital.

On July 1, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov received an invitation letter to become the Honorary Guest of the first Turgenev Chess Tournament:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich! I am addressing you, the sixth president of the International Chess Federation, who has made a huge contribution to the development of chess and reformatted the entire chess world.
On July 18, the Spasskoye Lutovinovo museum-reserve “IvanTurgenev “will host the first Turgenev chess tournament. It is held to promote the talent of Ivan Turgenev as a chess grandmaster. After all, it is known that ‘Turgenev was the best w

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 was interested deeply in the First Olympiad. I lived in the same room with the president of the Ukrainian Chess Federation Ivan Byk. Today, all players ask for single rooms, but then I did not pay attention to comfort concentrating on playing. Then the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov built Chess City for the Olympics in Elista. However, when we arrived nothing was ready. As a result, they reduced the number of tours. We played during weekends and we started late. We played in the building, where some repair work continued. However, when you are young, you don’t pay much attention to it.


On June 28, the head of the Republic of Kalmykia, Batu Khasikov, celebrated his 40th birthday. First President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President sent his best wishes to him:

“Dear Batu Sergeyevich! Please accept my best wishes for good health, long life and great success in your complex and interesting work for the development and prosperity of Kalmykia. I wish you persistence and patience in solving important tasks facing the region!


On June 25, Nikolai Dzhambulovich Sandzhiev, who for many years headed the Ministry of Culture, National Policy and Religious Affairs of Kalmykia, passed away. Nikolai Sandzhiev died on the 64th year of life.

The first president of Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, conveyed condolences to the relatives and friends of Nikolai Dzhambulovich:
“Nikolai Dzhambulovich was one of the brightest sons of the Kalmyk people. He was talented in everything. He was a man with powerful energy. We will always remember him, a true patriot of his homeland.


June 25 marks the 45th birthday of the 14th world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik. The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent him best wishes:

“Happy birthday, dear Vladimir.  You are the greatest chess player and my friend. I wish you all the best!
You have achieved everything a chess player can dream of after becoming the world champion. As the sixth president of FIDE, I am grateful to you for agreeing to a unifying match. Thus, despite all the troubles, the chess world has become one again.


On June 23, the Kamba Lama of the Republic of Tuva Jampel Lodoy passed away. He died of coronavirus. The death of the Supreme Lama, who was supposed to be 45 years old this August, was a huge loss for the republic.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov conveyed his condolences to the Buddhists of Tuva on the death of the Kamba Lama:
“With deep sorrow, I learned about the untimely death of the Kamba Lama of the Republic of Tuva, the venerable Jampel Lodoy. I grieve with my brothers and sisters, the Buddhists of Tuva.

"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. 

95 years ago, regular taxi traffic was opened in Moscow. Politicians, entrepreneurs, cultural and public figures told Kommersant magazine their stories related to taxis. Stoyanov, Nabutov and Shkumatov and others shared their stories about how they were both passengers and taxi drivers.

First president of Kalmykia, sixth president of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov also joined this conversation. Kirsan Nikolaevich did not work as a taxi driver, but of course, he used to be a passenger.


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