Letter to Pushkin from Ilyumzhinov

The most original congratulation on the birthday of Alexander Pushkin is written by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. 

Pushkin influenced the fate of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In 1979, then the 16-year-old Ilyumzhinov took part in three literary Olympiads dedicated to the Pushkin anniversary. And he was the winner of all three Pushkin Olympiads, eventually gaining the right to be admitted to the philological faculty of Moscow State University without exams.


And surprize surprize! What particular composition did Kirsan Ilyumzhinov produce? He wrote the continuation of the novel "Eugene Onegin" ... In verse ... As Ilyumzhinov himself told me in a telephone conversation, he wrote this continuation within two days. The organizers of the Olympiads were amazed...

The text of the continuation of the legendary Pushkin novel took more than 12 sheets.  In a nutshell, Yevgeny Onegin takes part in the Decembrist uprising, then he manages to escape to France, where he makes his state career as a French citizen. Tatyana Larina marries an old general. Onegin tries to meet her when he arrives in Russia from France with a state mission many years later. But whether this meeting took place, we may learn from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s school notebook only... Well, or if Kirsan himself decides to tell about this in detail.
In a word, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s congratulation of on Pushkin’s birthday is not a banal, ritual action, but a much more subtle symbolic, spiritual thread, stretching today from distant 1979... “How whimsically the deck has been shuffled!”

Andrey Serenko