“Kirsan released into space”
By mishanp on September 13, 2010
That was one of the many headlines that greeted Ilyumzhinov’s announcement last week that he was stepping down as Head of Kalmykia. Many of the reports in the Russian press might be characterised as political obituaries, but without the inconvenient obligation to speak well of the dead.
Posted in Russian | Tagged FIDE election, Ilyumzhinov, Kalmykia, Karpov | 2 Responses
Karpov hits back
By mishanp on September 8, 2010
Today, in his Echo of Moscow blog, Anatoly Karpov responded fiercely both to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s explanation for stepping down as Head of Kalmykia, and his statement attacking the “political” actions of the Karpov campaign, and especially Gary Kasparov.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Dvorkovich, FIDE election, Ilyumzhinov, Kalmykia, Karpov, Kasparov, RCF | 2 Responses
Voices from Kalmykia
By mishanp on August 24, 2010
For all the attention devoted to Kirsan Ilyumzhinov as FIDE President, his role as Head of the Republic of Kalmykia remains more of a mystery. Daria Aslamova’s recent two-part report offered a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in the small steppe republic.
Posted in Russian | Tagged Aslamova, Badmaev, Bardyshev, Bessarabov, Brezgina, Elista, Elistaev, FIDE, Ilyumzhinov, Kalmykia, Mendeev, planet Kirsan | 2 Responses