His Holiness noted that many outstanding Buddhist teachers come from Russia. The role of Russia in the future world is very important. Interest in the teachings of the Buddha is reviving in Russia’s traditionally Buddhist regions. This was stated by the 14th Dalai Lama at an online exercise for the Russians.

- Geographically, Russia is very important. This part of the world is very important. Traditionally, several Russian republics and regions are Buddhist - their population practices Buddhism. Many outstanding Buddhist teachers come from these republics, - he told RIA Novosti.
Currently, according to him, in the Russian Buddhist regions there is "a new interest in the teachings of the Buddha."
“The most important thing now is education: it is necessary to study Buddhism,” the Dalai Lama urged.
He added that in many regions of Russia, Buddhism is "part of the traditional religious culture of the ancestors."
“It is very important that you preserve the cultural wealth of your ancestors,” the Dalai Lama addressed the Russians.
According to him, Buddhist logic, philosophy and academic knowledge make it possible to deeper cognize noble truths and get rid of ignorance and egoism. Buddhist practices also develop love and compassion. All this allows people to eliminate sadness, anger and reduce suffering. And modern Western science such as quantum physics, reveals more and more parallels with Buddhist teachings.

Friday brought unexpected news: Dmitry Muratov, a long-time editor of Novaya Gazeta, became a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Together with him, Filipino journalist Maria Ressa received the award.

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded since 1901. During this time, 98 awards were presented. Last year, in 2020, the prize went to the humanitarian organization World Food Programme, which combat hunger in conflict-affected areas of the world.
In 2009, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, became the winner. He was awarded for his outstanding efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation among peoples.
In 2007, the Peace Prize went to former US presidential candidate Al Gore for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.
In 1993, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Peace Prize for his work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.


Twenty-eight years ago, on October 4, 1993, Boris Yeltsin decided to storm the House of Soviets. Then the order was given to use tanks and armoured vehicles.

No doubt, there were politicians who were out for blood. There were enough of them on both sides of the barricades. But for many others and for me the question was simple: what can be done to prevent carnage. Violent conflict, I still think so, was a very bad idea. In peacetime, people should not die for political reasons.
“One just need to do everything to stop the carnage. At the end of the 20th century, it is unacceptable to solve political problems with tanks and helicopters,” I thought then. I think so now.
In September 1993, when it became clear that the conflict between the president and the Supreme Council was becoming irreversible, on the initiative of several politicians - Ramazan Abdulatipov, Anatoly Sobchak and mine - the Council of Federation Subjects, the prototype of the current Federation Council, was created.
Many regional leaders and chairmen of legislative assemblies, who were against the tough conflict, entered this body. Me and chairman of the Leningrad Oblast Council Vadim Gustov were elected co-chairs. We gathered in the office of the Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin and drew up an appeal to the warring parties. It was signed by 68 people.

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.

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