Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: I asked Vanga to pray for Kalmyk souls who did not return to their native Kalmyk lands

On August 11, 1996, at the age of 85, one of the most mysterious soothsayers of the last century, the Bulgarian clairvoyant Vanga, died. 25 years have passed since that day. These 25 years without Vanga are like one day for me. Even today, I can hardly imagine that Baba Vanga, as I called her, is no longer there.

Who was she to me, why do I remember her almost every day and every minute I remember the time spent with her? I cannot answer this question. She was a very close person to me, of course. Maybe that's why I was so happy to get involved in the creation of a film about Vanga.
In 2019, together with the Bulgarian director Stoyan Petrov, we filmed the documentary "Vanga: Person and Phenomenon", timed to coincide with the 110th Vanga's birthday, which fell on January 31, 2021. The film is in honour of a blind woman who, from an early age, began to see what others.

Now many tell some incredible story tales about Vanga, they attribute to her prophecies that she did not do. It has become fashionable to trump acquaintance with this amazing woman. What is this? An attempt, as they say now, to get hype on a promoted name? I do not know. Stoyan Petrov and I tried to make a film that reveals interesting facts that were previously unknown to most people.

I often remember the story when, at one of the meetings, I asked Vanga to pray for the souls of Kalmyks who did not return to their native land after deportation. It was December 1993 when I came to visit her and went to her house. She was standing by the flowers and talking to someone. I came closer and she said: “How cold they are! They are so cold... ".
I asked: Who are?" She replied: “Your Kalmyk people. What happened?". I said that exactly 50 years ago, on December 28, 1943, our Kalmyk people were illegally repressed, deported and exiled to Siberia. Many did not return home.
She said: "I see them, they are cold, they want to go home, they are freezing." I asked Vanga to always pray for Kalmyk souls that did not return to their native Kalmyk lands. I also remember how Vanga predicted oil deposits in our steppe. And, being blind, she had showed on the map exactly where they were found later.
She died 25 years ago. But I feel her presence. This is the immortality of a great soul of a good person who wanted to help everyone and all.