On July 20, the world celebrated International Chess Day. Sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated chess players and chess lovers on this holiday:

"Dear friends! Sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, I congratulate all of you on the main holiday of chess players - International Chess Day! In 1966, UNESCO included this day in the list of memorable dates. Of all sports holidays, only Chess Day has become international on the initiative of UNESCO.
Today millions of people play chess, and I want billions to play chess. Because chess is the most intelligent and beautiful game. The world needs smart people, and smart people need chess. Chess will save the world.

On July 9, grandmaster Andrey Selivanov, a fourteen-time world champion in chess composition and the author of more than 850 puzzles and etudes, celebrated his 55th birthday. The sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent his best wishes to Andrey Selivanov:

“Dear Andrei Vladimirovich! Please accept my sincere congratulations on your birthday! You have devoted your life to this noble game. You have made a huge contribution to the popularization and promotion of chess, opened the way to chess for many talented players.
Your chess biography deserves the highest recognition! With your tireless and selfless work for the benefit of chess, you have earned deep respect and gratitude from all those who collaborated and communicated with you. Your name is rightfully included in the FIDE Golden Book.

Dear friends! I congratulate you on the Day of family, love and fidelity! Fidelity, love, family are three "pillars" of the world. They are the main argument in favour of goodness and humanity. Without the Family, we would be lonely and destitute individuals wandering aimlessly around the planet. Without Love, the world would seem dull, gray, hopeless, and the whole meaning of our existence on Earth would be lost. Without Fidelity, there would be no strong heart ties between people, mutual understanding and trust in each other.

Believe me, I know what I'm talking about: everything has its own meaning and price. May these sacred words never disappear from our lives: family, love and fidelity! I wish you all prosperity, fidelity and love! Appreciate your loved ones and always take care of them!

On July 6, the spiritual leader of the Buddhists, the Nobel laureate 14th Dalai Lama turns 87 years old. The first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated His Holiness:

“Your Holiness! From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate you on your birthday! We are happy to live in the same era with you! I am proud that I met you and touched your hand. I have received your blessing, and this is a great gift! We, who live at the same time and on the same planet as you, are extremely lucky: we can see and feel the living embodiment of the Buddha of Compassion.
I am infinitely grateful and grateful to you for the priceless lessons of wisdom, spiritual improvement, awareness of true human values ​​- kindness, love, compassion and mercy.

Schools will be built in Nursultan (Kazakhstan) and Singapore, where there will be a chess academy, which will be named after the sixth President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Currently, work is underway on the working project. President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, at a meeting with members of the national women's chess team of Kazakhstan and representatives of the chess federation approved a number of proposals for the development of chess in the country. The President supported the proposals to include chess as an optional subject in the school curriculum, the construction of a boarding school in Almaty with an in-depth study of chess. In addition, the Head of State focused on the importance of entrepreneurs supporting the development of chess. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev stressed that he would continue to pay great attention to the development and support of chess. The same architects are going to implement the project of a chess academy named after Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in Singapore. Kirsan Nikolaevich thanked the

On June 20, the monastic sangha and Buddhists of Kalmykia celebrate the 30th anniversary of the election of Telo Tulku Rinpoche to the post of Shajin Lama of Kalmykia. This fateful decision was made at the II Extraordinary Conference of Buddhists of Kalmykia and the Astrakhan region.

On the 30th anniversary of his tenure as Shajin Lama the first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the Honorary Representative of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Russia, Mongolia and the CIS countries, Venerable Telo Tulku Rinpoche:
“I sincerely thank you for the ascetic service to your people, the light of faith that you bring to us through the noble truths of Buddhism! Your contribution to strengthening the religious and cultural ties that have existed for centuries between the traditional Buddhist regions of Russia and the Tibetan community is invaluable. I will never forget how we organized the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Kalmykia in 2004.
On this significant day for all followers of the Buddhist teachings, we express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to you for your great mission to revive and strengthen high spiritual values, for the love and compassion that you have been giving us over the years.”

On June 14 this year, Buddhists celebrate 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 Ur Sar.

Buddhists will celebrate the birth (563 BC), enlightenment and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. As you know, all these events took place on the same day, with a difference between the first and the last of 80 years. Solemn services, charity events, concerts, festive treats for believers and laity will be held in all khuruls of Kalmykia.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated the Buddhists on this great holiday:
“I congratulate fellow countrymen and all Buddhists on a great holiday - the birthday, enlightenment and departure to parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni! On the birthday of our great Teacher, we rejoice in his miraculous deeds and try to follow his example. Buddha Shakyamuni came to our world to help people find happiness.

From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate everyone on the Day of Russia - the holiday of the revival of the sovereign statehood of our great Motherland. This holiday is a symbol of freedom and independence; it unites all of us by sincere and selfless love for the Fatherland.

On June 12, 1990, as a deputy of the First Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation, I voted for the Declaration on the Sovereignty of Russia. 32 years have passed since it was adopted. Over the years, our country has gone through a difficult path of development, but managed to confirm the status of a strong and independent power and unite many peoples and cultures.
I was born and raised in Russia, I live here now, my family lives here. Parents and brothers live in my Little Motherland - Kalmykia. June 12 is a sacred day for us. It is celebrated by people of different nationalities, cultures and generations. We are all united by the desire to be strong and prosperous. A prosperous, firmly standing, independent Russia is our dream, our common future. In the name of this, we live and work, keep the traditions and covenants of our ancestors, and, I am sure, we will achieve success.

June 21, 1962, sixty years ago, Viktor Tsoi was born. His birthday will be celebrated from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka - everywhere where they listen and sing the songs of the Kino group.

Viktor Tsoi was born in Leningrad, and the Kino group was born in the Crimea, in the tiny village of Morskoye near Sudak. Where, in the summer of 1981, Viktor Tsoi, Alexei Rybin and Oleg Valinsky pitched their tent. Now there is a monument in the form of a guitar, and on it there is an inscription: “Kino began here.”
True, at that time the group was called "Garin and the Hyperboloids". Only in 1982 it was decided to change the name. This is how the Kino group appeared. Today, almost forty years later, Tsoi's lyrics and music are still loved by millions of Russians.
It seems to me that he already explained the main thing about himself in one interview, when he said that "a person lives on the planet, not in the state." On what planet does Viktor Tsoi live now? Like many, I would like to think that Tsoi is still alive. So, what songs would he sing today? And would he sing at all?
Those who call Viktor Tsoi the voice of a generation are right, but why? The generation that remembers Tsoi's concerts has already changed, and people still come to the Arbat to Tsoi's Wall, where it is written that "Tsoi is alive!" No one can deprive us of our dreams and Tsoi will always be our beacon. And do not erase the writings from the walls. Because for many he is alive, and is invisibly present in our lives.

The opening of the chess pavilion named after Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will take place in Makhachkala soon. The pavilion is in the very centre of Makhachkala, in a picturesque corner of the city, next to the Caspian Hotel. Chess lovers can come here and play chess nearly every day.

Back on April 22, we wrote that it was decided to name the chess pavilion in the centre of Makhachkala after the sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who had received a letter from the Chess Federation of Dagestan.
“Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich! The Chess Federation of Dagestan, like the entire chess world, recognizes your great merits in the development and popularization of this intellectual game. It would be a great honour for us to name the chess pavilion on Rhodope Boulevard in Makhachkala after you. This wonderful facility for all chess lovers is in a seaside park, not far from the historical centre of Makhachkala.”

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