Employees and military personnel of the Russian Guards in Buryatia joined the flash mob “Served and still Serve” in honour of Defender of the Fatherland Day. Their photos of the period of military service will be posted in the official accounts of the RosGuards.

The start of the campaign was given by the deputy head of the territorial unit, police colonel Ivan Vanchugov. He served in the communications training battalion of the Red Banner North Caucasus Military District. There, cryptographic specialists were trained for the Ministry of Defence of the USSR and their limited contingents in Cuba, Ethiopia, Angola, and Vietnam.


I returned from a business trip abroad and found out that the chairman of the Supreme Council of Khakassia Vladimir Shtygashev made a statement at the session of the republican parliament justifying Stalinist repressions. He also called the deportation of Kalmyk people “deserved”. The politician probably forgot or did not know at all that this one of the most tragic pages in the history of our people was recognized as genocide as per the Russian legislation.


The head of Tuva Sholban Kara-ool wrote in his blog about the past, present and future of Buddhism in Tuva. To this he was prompted by a ceremony of enthronization of the newly elected Kamba Lama of Tuva Lodoy Bashky. Sholban Kara-ool touched upon deep topics. 

“Today is a very important day in the history of Tuva and for believers - the election of the eighth Kamba Lama. Undoubtedly, this event will have a significant impact on the development of spiritual knowledge. I want to share the thoughts and worries that excite me not as a public official, but as a believer.

The sixth president of FIDE became the keeper of the cultural values ​​of ancient Persia

Recently, Tehran has become a provider of hot news for the world media. The assassination of Iran's General Soleimani by an American drone and a chain of subsequent tragic events nearly put humanity on the brink of another global war. Against this backdrop, a quiet, but no less sensational message came about that the first President of Kalmykia and the sixth President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov became a representative of the Museum of Fine Arts of Iran.


Friendship of Peoples publishing house issued the book "A Country Between Two Shores" by Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, RAO Academician Anatoly Tsirulnikov, Head of Search Studies at the Federal Institute for the Development of Education of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

The book is included in the cycle "Unidentified Pedagogy" of 18 books written by an academic on the results of 40 years of scientific and pedagogical expeditions to the educational outskirts of Russia: Yakutia, Khakassia, Kuban, Penza and Kalmykia ...

Volgograd Pravda.ru publishes an essay on the first Buddhist community in Volgograd: the Diamond Way Centre of the Karma Kagyu tradition. The story is very interesting and fascinatingly written.

Talking about the life of their Lama, members of the Kagyu Cargo Centre give examples: he prefers to buy coffee for 2 euros, rather than 10. He does not have a yacht or a palace, and gets his money only when tickets for lectures are sold. Moreover, the Lama transfers all income from his tours to various Buddhist projects. Buddhists try not to ask for anything from the authorities and do everything on their own.


The weekly Interlocutor published an article entitled The Berezovsky Alphabet in which famous people recall different moments of his life. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke about Berezovsky’s attitude to prophesy and religion.

Religion is a mysterious topic. It is believed that Berezovsky decided to baptize in 1994 after the assassination attempt. An Israeli intelligence officer Jacob Kedmi said it was caused only by drinking. One way or another, Berezovsky’s famous penitential letter is saturated with Christian rhetoric.


Thirty-four years ago, two grandmasters, Victor Korchnoi and Geza Maroczy, met at the chessboard. There would be nothing special in this game, if not for one circumstance: Geza Maroczy passed away in 1951. It was the so-called spiritualist chess game between Viktor Korchnoi and the ghost of GM Geza Maroczy.

The idea to play this game belongs to Swiss Doctor of Economics Wolfgang Eisenbeiss. He invited the Russian chess player (who had moved to Switzerland at that time) Viktor Korchnoi to play chess with someone from the other world using a medium. Korchnoi himself could choose the opponent. The chess player laughed at this crazy idea, but agreed, citing the fact that all chess players are a little crazy and this could be an interesting experiment.


A few days ago, Kirsan Nikolaevich told us that a fellow countrywoman, a graduate of MGIMO, Gilyana Lysenko wrote on his Instagram’s page:

“Hello, Kirsan Nikolaevich! In February of this year, I made a presentation about Kalmykia at the Let’s Talk MGIMO conference. I thought that maybe you would be interested to see it.”
Of course, it’s interesting! Kirsan Nikolaevich even asked her to allow us put this video on the Kirsan TV page. So you, dear readers, can also see this video on the main page of our site.


This week marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, after whose death, as Vladimir Putin said in 2008, "there is no one to talk to." On the eve of the anniversary of the man who achieved independence for India, Kommersant asked journalists, politicians, scientists and the military what they would talk to Mahatma Gandhi about.

Here is what the 1-st President of Kalmykia, the 6-th President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said:


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