FIDE President met with the spiritual leader of Buddhists, Nobel Peace Prize laureate His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on August 24. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov asked His Holiness to consecrate the Central Buddhist Khurul (temple) in the capital of Kalmykia. Ilyumzhinov told about this on his Twitter account:

“I asked His Holiness and conveyed to him the request from Kalmykia Buddhists to come and consecrate the Central Buddhist Khurul The Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni, which was built with his blessing in 2005 in Elista. The consecration of the temple will become an important event in the spiritual life of the people!”

 

The pandemic exposed the sorest spots and revealed the weakest links. Russia did not escape this, which made us acutely aware of the problem of social inequality, which will now increase many times as the ranks of the poor and lowly get replenished by millions of people who have lost their jobs. For many, hopes for the opportunity to live normally will collapse. The gap between the rich and the poor has been very wide before. And now the poor have become even poorer.

Social inequality, as a phenomenon, only until a certain time is a purely theoretical problem. There comes a time when the exorbitant, and sometimes glaring gap in incomes of the rich and the poor is sparking protests.

 

We are in isolation. Day after day. We read the news. Some are good and some are not so good. Here is an example of positive news: life has returned to the canals of Venice. The number of tourists has sharply decreased due to quarantine, the water has become cleaner, fish, dolphins and swans have returned to the canals. Although many write that there are no dolphins in Venice, migratory swans have really returned.

What else is new? The streets of Thailand’s resorts are attacked by hungry monkeys.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama sent an official message to the people of Kalmykia on the 100th anniversary of Autonomy. The message reads as follows:

“I am pleased to know that the Republic of Kalmykia under the Russian Federation is celebrating its 100th anniversary of Autonomy this year.
The special relationship between the peoples of Kalmykia and Tibetans has a long history, since we are followers of the Sanskrit tradition of Buddhism as upheld in the renowned Nalanda University.

I am absolutely sure that gifted children should be the object of national interest of any state. In my opinion, the main mission of the state should be identifying and supporting talented children, regardless of their social status and material resources of the family.

Currently, the problem of identifying and supporting talented children is becoming more and more urgent, which, in my opinion, is directly related to the future of Russia. We all want to see it as great and prosperous meeting all the challenges of our time. We need new thinkers, creators and geniuses! And they already exist, they just need to be found and be supported.

 

As we already reported, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russia celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019.

Documentary film “MGIMO. In all languages ​​of the world”, which was shown on Channel 1, tells you about the history of MGIMO, dispels the myths that surround it and takes away the veil of mystery of the institute. MGIMO for many years remains one of the most famous and prestigious institute not only in Russia but also in the whole wide world.

 

Konstantin Malofeev, a Russian entrepreneur, chairman of the board of directors of the Tsargrad group of companies, will raise funds for Africa. He was appointed the head of the supervisory board of the International Agency for Sovereign Development.

Konstantin Malofeev told us how the International Agency for Sovereign Development was created. In this new structure, he took over as chairman of the supervisory board. The agency will be officially presented at the Russia-Africa Summit, which will be held in Sochi in late October.

“I note with satisfaction the friendly, constructive nature of relations between our countries. The Russia-Africa Summit <...> [will serve] a qualitative build-up of these relations, and they will allow us to outline new forms of fruitful cooperation," reads the greeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin published on the summit’s website. The Agency, together with the Rosatom Corporation, is the general partner of the summit.

A well-known historian from Kazakhstan Bolat Asanov spoke about how he had a chance to meet with the first president of the USSR after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and why initially he did not want to be photographed with Mikhail Sergeyevich. Now Bolat Asanov posted on his Facebook a 1998 photo, where he was captured in the company of the last USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

Many users were interested in the history of this photo; some even suggested that it was taken a few days before the collapse of the USSR.

 

More than forty years have passed since one of the most memorable contest happened in chess history - the world championship match between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi. Last year, an English director Alain Byron shot the documentary “Closing Gambit: 1978  Korchnoi vs. Karpov and the Kremlin”.

So far, the film has not been shown in the native country of its main characters. However, another surprise is being prepared for the Russian audience: a feature film will be made on the same topic.

 

The Declaration of State Sovereignty of the RSFSR was proclaimed in the St. George Hall of the Kremlin on 12 June, 1990. It was then that the new history of Russia began.

On this day, at the first Congress of People’s Deputies of Russia, an absolute majority of deputies voted for the Declaration proclaiming the basic principles of the democratic structure of the state. And literally, two weeks before this event, Boris Yeltsin was elected for the first time on an alternative basis as chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR.

 

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