On June 11, the official Moscow championship among children's chess teams with classical time control (45 minutes for each player + 30 seconds for each move) ended. 43 teams took part in the championship.

In the younger age group (up to 11 years old), the fight for the first place was very dramatic. The championship’s gold won the team of the Kurchatov school, which included 6-year-old Roman Shogdzhiev (whose coach was Mr Sarangov). Roman scored 6 points out of 7, making a significant contribution to the team victory.
First President of Kalmykia, Sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wished the young chess player good luck and new victories: “In April 1993, one of the first decrees that I signed was about supporting chess in our republic. Later, at FIDE, we created the Chess in Schools programme.

13.06.2021 Elena Borisovna Pokaninova passed away. For me, this news came as a real shock. It is impossible to believe that Lena, whom I knew from childhood, whose positive energy and kindness had no boundaries, left this world like that.

Elena Borisovna, Lena, during the years when I was the head of Kalmykia, she worked as my adviser for international cooperation and public relations. She travelled all over the republic. She helped compatriots, actively participated in their lives.
Lena loved to study and has always studied. And she generously gave all her knowledge to people. Lately she taught at MGIMO, was engaged in many social activities.
But today, when she is not with us, I want to say only one thing: I will miss her very much. All of us who knew her will miss her smile, infectious laughter, wonderful ideas aimed at improving this world, the life-giving positive energy that she radiated.

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).

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."

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.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov's interview, published in the popular Billionaires.Africa on 25 May, drew many responses. Readers from all over the world write to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Everyone seems to be interested in Africa.

We are publishing some of the letters that came to Ilyumzhinov.
“… Your strategic vision of Africa as the cradle of human civilization is captivating and inspiring. Global crisis is evident; people both in the north and south need a vision, idea, or concept of a better future for themselves and their children. They need leaders who will make a programme, outline the ways of its implementation, and lead them."
“… I was inspired by the fact that so dear to all of us, your friends, your idea of holding ​​ Olympics in Africa lives on. We anticipate the Kirsan Olympics in this blessed corner of the Earth and creation of the International Association of Chess Fans as well as plans for the First World Chess Fans Olympics that filled my heart with thrill…"
“What a fantastic interview! I am particularly touched by your analysis of the important role that Africa will play tomorrow and its potential in many areas, which clearly shows that you are well informed ..."


May 26 this year, Kalmykia celebrates the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni. This is one of the main holidays in the Buddhist calendar, which falls on the 15th lunar day of the holy month of Ypc cap.

First President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the Buddhists, his fellow countrymen:
“I congratulate fellow countrymen and all Buddhists on a great holiday - the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni!
On this blessed day, we celebrate three important events in the life of the Master - birth, enlightenment and departure to Pari nirvana. Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world to help people find happiness and get rid of adversity. Today, on the birthday of the great Teacher, we not only rejoice at his wonderful deeds, but also try to follow his example and do virtuous endeavours.

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