Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expresses his condolences to the relatives of the victims of Sri Lanka attacks

On 21 April, on the day of Easter celebrations on Sri Lanka, a series of explosions occurred, which the authorities identified as attacks. Some of them thundered in luxury hotels and some exploded in churches during the Easter Mass. A new explosion thundered on Monday in Colombo.

Kalmykia’s first president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed condolences to all who lost the loved ones and suffered as a result of the terrorist attacks. The message reads as follows: “It is monstrous and inhuman ... I express my deep condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the attacks.
In these sorrowful hours, it is with great sorrow that I express words of sympathy and solidarity to all the people of Sri Lanka.”


The media reported that the explosions were planned. The police defused the bomb found in the van. The main target of the attacks became Christians. According to the latest data, 290 people were killed, another 500 were injured. Police detained 24 people on suspicion of involvement in terrorist attacks.

Recall that in 2011, the Buddha’s relics were brought from Sri Lanka to Elista for the eternal storage in the capital of Kalmykia. This historical event occurred owing to Kalmykia President’s efforts.
Later, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said: “I will transfer the relics to the central Buddhist temple in Elista. Kalmykia will be the only place in Europe where the relics of the Buddha will be kept. ”
By decision of the Patriarchate of Sri Lanka, the Buddha’s relics were donated to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as a sign of his merits in the development of Buddhism in Kalmykia, Russia and around the world. According to the tradition of the Buddhist Sangha in Sri Lanka, Buddha’s relics can be transferred only to a specific person by the decision of the leadership of the Buddhist patriarchate.
In addition, together with the sacred relics, the first president of Kalmykia received the sprout of the sacred tree Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi that was grown, according to legend, from a sprout of a tree, under which Buddha Shakyamuni attained Enlightenment. It was brought to Sri Lanka in 288 BC by Emperor Ashoka .