On January 20, the first President of Tatarstan, State Councillor of the Republic Mintimer Shaimiev turns 85.

The first President of Kalmykia, sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov sent his best wishes to his elder friend on his 85th birthday:
“Dear Mintimer Sharipovich, please accept my best wishes on your 85th birthday! I am proud of our long-term, since 1990, friendship! Thanks to your incredible diligence and organizational talent, you have come a long and difficult way, leading the republic in a critical, difficult period. Under your leadership, programmes that have brought the region to a leading position in Russia have been implemented.
Throughout your life path, you always remain true to your principles: honesty and devotion to the ideals of serving the Motherland. Political wisdom, rich experience and sincere devotion to the interests of the state are the basis of your unquestioned authority and deep respect among the peoples of Tatarstan and Russia. 

So, the sacred and magical holiday came to every house - the Baptism of the Lord. This is the day when you need to forget about all the bad things and open your heart to the good. May comfort, prosperity and happiness always reign in every home!

On this wonderful and divine day, I would like to wish everyone peace, kindness, honesty and justice. May the miracle live in the hearts and give a bright hope for a wonderful future. I wish everyone good health, inner warmth that warms the soul and heart, success in all endeavours. I wish that on this bright holiday we are surrounded by relatives, loved ones and close people.

From January 3 to January 9, the Russian Children's Chess Cup was held in Tula as a part of the All-Russian Decade of Sports and Health. Born in 2015, Roman Shogdzhiev from Kalmykia did not leave his opponents a chance to win the tournament. He scored nine points out of nine possible and took first place among 32 participants.

This year, one of the tasks of the young chess player is to win the final of the Russian Children's Cup. Selection to the final will be based on the results of three stages. The first step to the final has already been taken. Earlier, young chess players from Kalmykia became winners of the Moscow championship, taking three prizes. Roman Shogdzhiev took third place among boys under 11 years old, Sofia Kekeyeva and Alexei Shushunov became silver medallists among girls and boys under 17 years old. In addition, students won the right to play in the Major League of the Russian Chess Championship in 2022.
The first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wished the young chess player good luck and new victories and said: “In April 1993, one of the first decrees that I signed dealt specifically with the support of chess in the republic. Later, at FIDE, we created the Chess in Schools programme.

Director of the Save Tibet Foundation and translator of the 14th Dalai Lama Yulia Zhironkina commented on the TV coverage of the construction of a Buddhist temple complex in the city of Kyzyl, Republic of Tuva. It went on the air on Channel One’s Vremya program.

It features of the work the famous sculptor Dashi Namdakov on the main statue of Buddha of the temple, which promises to become one of the largest in the country. Its project resembles the temple "The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni" in the capital of Kalmykia, but has its own unique flavour and fundamentality.
“The blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is clearly noticed in the main Buddhist temple of Kalmykia “The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni” and the new main temple in Tuva, the construction of which will be completed in the near future,” says Yulia Zhironkina. - Like Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the ex-governor of Tuva, Sholban Kara-ool, personally met with His Holiness and asked for a blessing for the construction of the main khuree. I was lucky to be at this meeting."
Yulia Zhironkina said that she watched the First Channel coverage the completion of the new church construction with great joy. 

Merry Christmas to all Orthodox Christians! Christmas is a time of positive thoughts and deeds, caring for loved ones and strangers who need help. On this day, the joy and peace of Christmas night enter the hearts, filling them with joy and love.

This is the day when the Saviour came into the world. He brought people hope and strengthened their faith in a better future. The Nativity of Christ is a triumph of spirituality and the noble ideals of humanism and mercy.
Today, the light of the Star of Bethlehem will shine on every home, carrying the great message. The main prayer to God is asking Him to renew our hearts with life-giving love, so that the world will become kinder and purer.

On January 1, Bosya Sarangova celebrates her 90th birthday. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said that he had received a letter from Bosya Sarangova’s children and grandchildren. They turned to Ilyumzhinov with a request to congratulate their grandmother on her birthday. The letter reads as follows:

“Our family respects you very much as a worthy son of your people, a wise politician and just a good person!
We are always interested in your publications; we gratefully accept your congratulations to our sunny Kalmykia! Our Eedzha loves you very much. She listens attentively to your video messages and is proud that you adequately represent our Kalmykia and our small people!
On January 1, 2022, our Eedzha turns 90! She is a great hard worker. She was awarded the Order of Friendship of Peoples. She is a veteran of Russia and Kalmykia; she has medals and certificates. An elderly person of such a respectable age does not need much from life: she raised her children and grandchildren; she is happy with her great-grandson! All she needs is attention and warm communication! She has an analytical mind and a wonderful memory!

Dear friends! Compatriots and fellow countrymen! I sincerely wish you a Happy New Year! Seeing off the Old Year, let's forget everything that hindered and complicated life. Let's remember all the good things that happened in the past year.

May the New Year 2022 be a time of great discoveries, a time of faith, hope and love. May the New Year shine with all the colours of happiness and wonderful desires. Let dreams inspire, let good fantasies become reality!
2022 is the Year of the Tiger! May this strong, bright, graceful animal bring you strength, good spirits, greatness and happiness! Achieve the unachievable, embody the unreachable - decide on new things and conquer circumstances!
May 2022 bring you good luck and many smiles! Let it be full of pleasant impressions and joyful events! Let dreams inspire, let fantasies become reality, and let the impossible become possible!
May the sky be peaceful, may all the best happen to us, and may all our failures and mistakes remain in the past in the Year of the Tiger. May this year bring a lot of dazzling impressions, excellent achievements and wonderful events into our lives.

Branded train "Chess" was launched on the Sokolnicheskaya Moscow metro line on December 28. Each of the five cars of the train, which has no analogues in the world, is devoted to different topics related to chess.

The train carriages will tell you all about the history and the development of chess in the Soviet Union and Russia. During the trip, passengers will learn the most interesting facts about chess, what inspires professional chess players and outstanding chess champions’ names.
“I am sure that the train will interest passengers. This is the 25th jubilee theme train, and the ‘Chess’ musical had its jubilee recently - its 350th performance. I think that millions of metro passengers will be interested to learn about chess. Both the musical and the metro will make a tangible contribution to the popularization of chess,” said General Director of MTS Entertainment Mikhail Minin.
The Chess train is like a large chess encyclopaedia. It tells how chess materialised in the Soviet Union and Russia. While you are riding on the Sokolnicheskaya metro line, you can learn how chess appeared in cinema, in the visual arts, theatre, literature, as well as in the lives of famous people.
On the train, you can see a photo of Bob Dylan, who is a passionate chess player - he once even paid Bobby Fischer to play a game with him. Actress Catherine Deneuve always played chess during the breaks from filming “The Hunger”.

Dear fellow countrymen, please accept my best wishes on the Zul holiday! Since ancient times, our people have solemnly celebrated this sacred day for every Kalmyk. Every family prepares for it with special trepidation. We associate this holiday with hopes for prosperity and happiness in the new year.

Zul heralds the coming of the New Year. On this day, we remember the customs of our ancestors, pray for happiness for our relatives and friends, say good wishes, calling for peace and harmony in our homes.
Everyone grows a year older in Zul. On this holiday Kalmyks pray and light ritual lamps, bake fragrant bortsoks, and brew delicious Kalmyk tea.
May joy and festive mood fill our hearts on this joyful day. May every family in Kalmykia celebrate Zul with hope and faith in their hearts. May the coming year be a year of good luck and fulfilment of everyone’s aspirations. I believe that the coming year will open new opportunities and will be rich in good events.


December 28 is the day of memory and sorrow of the Kalmyk people. The people of Kalmykia had to endure thirteen years of grief and suffering; thousands of innocent lives were taken by forcible exile to Siberia. We do not have a single family that would not have suffered a loss in those terrible years. We bow before the courage and resilience of the older generation, who managed to survive, withstand and preserve their national dignity.

I often remember 1993, when the mournful date approached - the 50th anniversary of the deportation. We decided to hold several events and to organize a train of Memory so that people who survived exile could travel to Siberia and see their friends, Siberians, who helped them survive. To rent a train, I came to Moscow. Friends from Moscow helped to agree on the lease and many helped with money.
In 1943, our people were deported to Siberia in the terrible cold Stolypin wagons, and I wanted the Memory Train to be of the highest class. The former exiles were to travel to the places of their youth in beautiful comfortable carriages. So that it would be a train of Grateful Memory and Love to those who, in the most terrible years for the Kalmyks, helped them survive in the harsh conditions of Siberia.

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