40 years ago, a mass grave of victims of the Great Terror of 1937-1938 was accidentally discovered at the Achinsk airport near Krasnoyarsk. In the late 1980s, with the help of Memorial Society volunteers at least six mass graves were found, where people who were allegedly shot were buried.

The Volga Germans, Balts, Kalmyks were exiled there. Once Kalmyks were brought to a manganese mine located not far from the city, they were placed in an open field, fenced with wire, where there was nothing, only a warders’ booth. They all were in dressing gowns and slippers in the 40-degree frost. Then warders took pity on them and drove them into the club of the manganese mine.

76 years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs codenamed "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The explosions destroyed most of these cities, and the exact death toll is unknown: on average, it is believed that there are at least 200 thousand. Even more people were injured and left homeless.

After bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States rejoiced: newspapers were full of headlines about "bomb-torn Japs" and "rain of destruction"; people rejoiced in revenge for Pearl Harbour. “I never doubted that their [bombs] use was my duty,” US President Harry Truman said later. The head of state also noted that "this is the greatest thing in history" and asked the military who participated in the bombing not to feel guilty.

 

Nobel laureates warned of the destruction of the Earth's ecosystem and the risks of new pandemics. More than thirty laureates, including the 14th Dalai Lama, issued an urgent call to action after Our Planet, Our Future summit in Washington.

Humanity is faced with new challenges on an unprecedented scale that threaten the sustainability of the Earth's biosphere. The next decade is critical. We must halve global greenhouse gas emissions and reverse the destruction of nature.
“We have never had to deal with problems of the scale facing today’s globally interconnected society. No one knows for sure what will work, so it is important to build a system that can evolve and adapt rapidly”, said Elinor Ostrom (Nobel Laureate 2009).

By the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Police Colonel Ivan Vanchugov was appointed head of the Bryansk Region Directorate of the Federal Service of the National Guard of Russia. Previously, he was the deputy head of the Rosgvardia department for the Republic of Buryatia.

Ivan Vanchugov served in the training communications battalion in Rostov-on-Don of the Red Banner North Caucasian Military District from 1989 to 1991. The training centre coached encryption specialists for the USSR Ministry of Defence. Among the colleagues of Ivan Vanchugov was Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

 “The training centre provided a very intensive, high-quality training,” the colonel says according to the internet sources.

Editor’s note: The army service of the first President of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was held in the training communications battalion of the North Caucasus Military District in Rostov-on-Don. On May 25, 1993, the Red Star newspaper wrote that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited his native unit during the 75th anniversary of the North Caucasian Military District. And on May 23, 1993 in Elista, the President of Kalmykia handed over to the commander of the training communications battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Anatoly Luzhnevsky, ten million roubles from his personal savings.

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The Dalai Lama considers multinational and multi-confessional Russia a great country with enormous potential for building a happy world in the 21st century. He stated this in an interview with Russian students.

The first online meeting of the world famous spiritual leader of Buddhism with students of five state universities in Russia was held on March 29 with the participation of the head of the Institute of General Genetics, RAS Academician Nikolai Yankovsky and other prominent Russian scientists. It was dedicated to the theme "Peace in an era of change". The questions to the Dalai Lama were asked by students of Moscow State University, St. Petersburg State University, Kalmyk, Buryat and Tuva state universities. The broadcast was hosted by the Save Tibet Foundation on its website.
“If we want to build a happy life on earth, then differences in national, religious and other views should recede into the background. In the 21st century, we must realize that all seven billion people on our planet are one big family ... And in this respect, the Russian Federation is a great country, you have great potential to build a happy world. And I am happy today to talk with Russian friends from different universities,” the Dalai Lama said.
According to him, we are all the same human beings, we want a happy life, we do not want suffering, and to achieve this, we use our intellect. In previous centuries, we thought short-sightedly in the context of 'I, me, and mine’. This led to the First and Second World Wars, creation of nuclear and other destructive weapons. Now is the time to think together for benefit of all humanity, all living beings, to take care of the welfare of all, because we are all interconnected. Today, dividing people into friends and foes is an unrealistic approach, outdated thinking," the Buddhist leader stressed.

On December 9, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was invited to take part in a conversation about the Necessity of Compassion for the Survival of Humanity. Here are some extracts from his lecture.

In recent years, more and more people have been paying attention to what it means to find peace of mind. Prior to this, there hadn’t been much said about the importance of mental peace. However, despite material and technological developments, we still face a lot of problems. If we pay more attention to ways to develop peace of mind our actions will be more conducive to peace. No one want to face trouble, but we have to consider that many of the problems human beings create for themselves have their source in our agitated and angry minds.
Scientists have observed that we are showered with affection from the moment we are born. Our lives depend on the community in which we live, so compassion and consideration for others is a biological necessity.

30 years ago, the law "On Property in the RSFSR" was adopted. For the first time since 1917, it legalized private property in Russia. By that time, the law on cooperation was already in force and the first legal millionaires were making huge money. "Komsomolskaya Pravda" wrote about Artyom Tarasov, Ilya Medkov, Alexander Smolensky, German Sterligov and, of course, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.

The first president of Kalmykia and the sixth head of FIDE was born into the family of an employee of the Elista city committee of the CPSU. After the army, Ilyumzhinov studied at MGIMO. As he recalls, it was there that he got the idea of how to make the first million.

Members of the US Congress brought a sensitive for China Tibetan theme to the forefront of international politics. Both houses voted in favour of a bill that would provide for the possibility of imposing sanctions on Chinese officials who would try to appoint a new Dalai Lama.

The 14th Dalai Lama, who lives in India in the city of Dharamsala, has reached the age of 85. According to the Lamaism, his existence does not end with death.
He is reincarnated as a male child established by canon experts by a number of mystical signs. In particular, the child must recognize one of the things of the deceased by reaching out to it.
The mystical ritual of seeking the incarnation of bodhisattva of compassion Avalokiteshvara, the new Dalai Lama has been observed for centuries. But in the first decade of this century, atheists from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China decisively intervened in it. The Office of the State Council issued a decree that in the future, "living Buddhas" must be approved by the government. In other words, the Tibetan clergy were deprived of the right to find reincarnations of eminent lamas, including the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama himself calmly perceives the problem of the heir philosophically. He says that the institution of the Dalai Lama has not existed forever. It may disappear. And he told Russian pilgrims that he would like to visit our country again.

The Dalai Lama has called on world leaders to take urgent action against climate change, warning of environmental destruction affecting the lives of billions of people and destroying our planet, including his home country of Tibet.

As a call to action, he released a new book in which he stated that if the Buddha returns to this world, "Buddha will be green."
In interviews with Channel 4 News and The Guardian, the Buddhist spiritual leader spoke from the Indian city of Dharamsala, where he lived for about 60 years. He warned that "global warming could reach such a level that rivers will dry up" and that "eventually Tibet will become another Afghanistan", with dire consequences for at least a billion people who depend on water from the "rooftop of the world".

 

In early September, during the election campaign, the favourite of the presidential race in the United States, the candidate from the Democratic Party, Joe Biden, promised to settle the Tibet issue with China if he wins the elections. 

Biden noted that his foreign policy would be based on humanitarian values. “I will work with our allies to pressure Beijing and return it to direct dialogue with Tibetan representatives,” he said. The politician also promised to introduce new sanctions against China, personally meet with the Dalai Lama and expand the broadcasting of Voice of America in Tibetan.

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