On May 20, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov paid a short visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It should be noted that Saudi Arabia is often called the “Land of the Two Holy Mosques”, referring to Mecca and Medina, the two main holy cities of Islam.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Saudi Arabia on a friendly visit. He met with the prince and friends from the ruling family. There was also a meeting with Princess Anna of Hong Kong.
There were also business issues to be urgently resolved. Incidentally, this always happens when Ilyumzhinov arrives somewhere just to see his friends.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulated our readers on the Pioneers Day. A lot of congratulations also came to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. People still remember their friendship, which is a very pleasant and priceless fact! Here is one of the letters:

“Kirsan, taking this opportunity, I want to congratulate you on Pioneers Day. I was also in Artek in 1974.
... Happy Pioneers Day to you, my friend. The Laskovy May band and our fans consider you the best politician of all times and peoples of Russia and the Soviet Union. I wish you always be healthy. You look great. Well done!

On May 19, 1922, exactly one hundred years ago, pioneers’ detachments were created at the Second All-Russian Conference of the Komsomol. That’s how Pioneers Day became one of the main children's holidays. However, the All-Union Pioneer Organization named after V.I. Lenin ceased to exist in September 1991. Thirty-one years have passed since then, but I still think this was a grave mistake. If they tell me that by doing so we have achieved tremendous success in educating the younger generation, I will opt to disagree. It is impossible not to admit that the best thing in a person - loyalty to one’s word, comradeship, friendship, courage and determination, and responsibility for one's deeds - was laid then. I happened to visit Artek, the best pioneer camp for children. I still remember the joy of communicating with the guys from all over our great country, with whom I became friends and have maintained relations for many years. I convey pioneer greetings to my Artek friends! I send my greetings to the members of the pioneer team of the Elista School No. 3, where I studied! We, then pioneers, were united by friendship for life!

On May 16, at the age of 61, Arkady Mandzhiev passed away. He as a hero of Kalmykia, songwriter, Honoured Art Worker of the Republic of Kalmykia, member of the Union of Composers of the Russian Federation, President of the International Association of Mongolian Composers, Chairman of the Artistic Council of the Union of Composers of the Republic of Kalmykia.

The music of Arkady Mandzhiev, his magnificent songs are listened to not only in my native Kalmykia but in many countries of the world. Arkady was an amazing melodist. His music is the glorification of his native land, it was not for nothing that he became the author of the anthem of Kalmykia.
Arkady Mandzhiev wrote hundreds of compositions, many of which have already become "folk" today. His music lives in the heart of every Kalmyk. Once you hear his song, you can't forget it. And we will always thank fate for the happiness of hearing his music, for living with him at the same time and on the same Earth.

On May 7, the Children's Spring Cup of Russia ended in Yershovo near Moscow (nine rounds with classical time control: 90 minutes + 30 seconds for each move).

A Kalmyk chess player, champion of Moscow Roman Shogdzhiev took part in boys under nine-years-old team (coached by Dmitry Sarangov). His main rivals were one year older than Roman. However, he secured first place for himself a round before the end of the tournament.
Taking nine points out of nine possible, the young player repeated his last year's success of the Children's Cup of Russia. Roman was able to compete with older opponents in three additional blitz tournaments (three minutes + two seconds for each move). Result: two first places and one second.
In addition, on the penultimate day of the tournament, a competition of solving chess puzzles took place and again he won the first place!

Dear veterans! Please accept my warmest and most cordial congratulations on the Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War!

May 9, 1945 ended the most terrible and bloody war in the history of mankind. In those terrible years, when fascist hordes invaded our land, its best sons and daughters stood up to defend the Motherland.
The Kalmyk people made a worthy contribution to the common Victory. On the fronts of the Great Patriotic War, shoulder to shoulder with other peoples of the USSR, defending the Fatherland, 43,210 natives of the republic fought. For military merits, about four thousand soldiers from our republic were awarded orders and medals. 22 warriors from Kalmykia who showed exceptional courage and heroism were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

On May 7, the oldest grandmaster in the world, Yuri Lvovich Averbakh, passed away. He died at the age of 101. Yuri Averbakh was a former chairman of the USSR Chess Federation, the author of several books about the endgame and the editor-in-chief of the Chess in the USSR and Chess in Russia magazines. In 1949 and 1950, Averbakh became the champion of Moscow, and in 1954 - the champion of the USSR. One variation of the King's Indian Defence in the opening of the game is named after him.

Averbakh was fond of chess from the age of three; he played it from the age of seven. Winner of the All-Union tournament (1938) among schoolchildren. Winner of several international competitions. As part of the USSR national team, he participated in matches with chess players from Argentina, Great Britain, the USA, Uruguay, France, Sweden, Yugoslavia. For his chess achievements he was awarded orders and medals.
Yuri Lvovich lived a long and interesting life. He never betrayed the ancient game, he always thought about the beauty of chess, he perfectly knew and loved the endless world that he saw on the chessboard.

His Holiness will confer the Heruka Initiation of the Luipa Tradition (dechok luipa wang) in the mornings at the request of Gyudmey and Gyuto Tantric Colleges in Dharamsala (venue to be confirmed). July 8 will be the Preliminary Initiation and July 9 and 10 will be the Actual Initiation.

The following events with the participation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are also planned for the near future:
On the morning of May 25, His Holiness will attend a Long Life Prayer offered to him by the Sakya Tibetan Buddhist Tradition in the morning at the Main Tibetan Temple.

On May 1, in Dubai, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with a CEO from Uzbekistan, Mr Akmal. In addition to negotiations on business projects, the Mr Akmal gave Kirsan Ilyumzhinov a letter from the head of LABI HOVUZ BARAKA LLC Mehrigiyo Khayitova, in which Ms Khayitova told Ilyumzhinov about her desire to build a chess pavilion and name it in honour of the sixth FIDE President.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov replied:
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to you for the warm letter and kind words! I am very pleased to hear the words of recognition of the results of my work as FIDE President.
… I really hope that this Chess Pavilion will become a meeting place for both professional chess players and beginners. In my opinion, it is extremely important to pay attention to every person who is in love with or interested in this beautiful ancient game.
Involving chess fans, and especially children, in various chess tournaments and other events, in my firm opinion, is a very promising direction that needs to be supported and developed in every possible way.


I heartily congratulate all Orthodox Christians on the Bright Resurrection of Christ - Holy Easter!

The great holiday strengthens faith in the triumph of Love and Peace, symbolizes the victory of Light over darkness, encourages the accomplishment of good deeds, unites us all on spiritual values ​​and awakens the desire to live untainted and pure.
Let spring Easter days bring harmony and joy to every home. The triumph of Christ's Resurrection calls to take care of relatives and friends, to be merciful to each other.

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