On April 12, while in Beirut, Ilyumzhinov warmly congratulated all believers professing Islam on the onset of the blessed month of Ramadan:

“From the bottom of my heart I congratulate all believers professing Islam on the coming of the blessed month of Ramadan! As it is written in the Qur'an, strict observance of the fast and refusal of all sinful thoughts and desires will allow a person to be cleansed of vices. This is the only way to earn the forgiveness of Allah and eternal happiness in Paradise.
Ramadan is a sacred time for fasting, spiritual purification and abstinence from earthly passions in the name of Allah. Believers at this time turn to the main foundations of Islam - justice, love for one's neighbour, doing good deeds and helping those in need.


On April 11, 1993, the first presidential elections in Kalmykia took place. On April 12, it was announced that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov became the President of Kalmykia, 65.37% voted for him.

Three candidates took part in the election race: President of the Sun Corporation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, General Valery Ochirov and President of the Farmers' Association of Kalmykia Vladimir Bambaev. The main struggle broke out between Ilyumzhinov and Afghan General Valery Ochirov. 

On April 12, 1961, exactly 60 years ago, the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on the Vostok-1 spacecraft took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome and made an orbital flyby of planet Earth for the first time in the world. The flight in near-earth space lasted 108 minutes.

In the history of humanity, the first flight into space is the greatest event - breakthrough into another dimension. Aviation and Cosmonautics Day is a triumph of reason, strength and courage of humankind. These qualities contributed to the completion of the first manned flight into space.
Decades and centuries will pass, a man will land on other planets, leaving the space system, much will be erased in the memory of humankind, but the name of Yuri Gagarin, who for the first time overcame earthly gravity and escaped into space, will forever remain in the history of earthly civilization.

Birthday greetings continue to arrive to first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is currently in Beirut. We share some of them:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich! Please accept my best wishes on your birthday and the Day of the adoption of the Steppe Code of the Republic of Kalmykia! It is symbolic that an important holiday for the region falls on the birthday of a man who has done so much to strengthen statehood, maintain traditions and comprehensive development of the republic.

Please accept my most sincere wishes for excellent health, wise decisions, further professional success and well-being at home.
May you be surrounded by people close and dear to you, and may your life bring to you good news only!
Sincerely, Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation Lieutenant-General Yevkurov"

On April 5, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, whose visit to Beirut continues, received many birthday greetings. We would like to share with our readers some of them:

"Dear Kirsan Nikolaevich, happy birthday! I wish you health, happiness and good luck in all your endeavours. May your knowledge, rich versatile experience and business activity continue to help you achieve bold goals. And may what has been achieved increase your optimism and creative energy. Well-being and all the best to you and your loved ones!
President of the Republic of Tatarstan Minnikhanov”

On March 29, a first online meeting of the world famous spiritual leader of Buddhism with students from five state universities in Russia took place. The meeting was held with the participation of the head of the Institute of General Genetics Academician Nikolai Yankovsky and other prominent Russian scientists. It was dedicated to "World in an era of change".

The Dalai Lama told Russian students that all galaxies are creations of our karma, and that everybody can change their karma for the better by developing an altruistic motivation for their action.
Questions to His Holiness were asked by students of Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, Kalmyk, Buryat and Tuva State Universities. The broadcast was hosted by the Save Tibet Foundation on its website.
According to the Dalai Lama, our life depends on previous karma. But this does not mean that karma cannot be changed. “Of course, there are children who come into this world, for example, with a damaged brain. But you should never generalize, despair and write off everything on karma. As long as a person has basic consciousness, he can take care of his mental and physical existence. And that’s how karma can be changed,” the spiritual mentor said.

On March 30, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was in Beirut. The programme of the friendly visit to the Lebanese Republic turned out to be more eventful with business meetings than Ilyumzhinov had originally anticipated.

In his free time, he walks around Beirut, enjoying the beauty of Lebanese Paris (as European tourists call Beirut). He visited the port, where, as we remember, there was a terrible explosion in August last year.

First President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, while in Beirut, conveyed his best wishes to the outstanding state, political and public figure of Russia and Kalmykia Batyr Mikhailov, who celebrated his 80th birthday on March 28.

“Please accept my best wishes on your birthday. I wish you happiness and health,” says Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in his greeting. YouTube video of this event can be viewed on the home page of our website.
Editor’s note: Batyr Mikhailov was born in 1941. He graduated from the Grozny Oil Institute. He was the chairperson of the Council of Ministers of the Kalmyk ASSR (in late 80s and early 90s), a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR and twice was a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the KASSR.

The friendly and, as it turned out, business visit of first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov to Beirut continues.

As Kirsan Ilyumzhinov explained, he perfectly manages to combine meetings with friends with business negotiations in Beirut. Which, however, is quite natural, knowing Ilyumzhinov's business acumen and his ability to be friends with people.
According to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the Lebanese weather presents the most unexpected surprises: on March 27, it suddenly got colder and snow fell. The bright sun was covered with snow clouds.

As we already reported, on March 22, first President of Kalmykia, sixth President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov arrived in Beirut on a friendly visit. Lebanese friends invited Kirsan Nikolaevich to an excellent fish restaurant located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.

The chef treated the guests with the restaurant's specialties. As Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wrote on his Instagram, the dinner was a success. It should be noted that now in multi-confessional Beirut, Muslims celebrate the holy holiday of spring, the beginning of the New Year Navruz, so there are few people on the streets - Beirut residents celebrate at home.

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