Kirsan Ilyumzhinov – Governor of Kalmykia

From LP:

Kalmykian politician Kirsan Ilyumzhinov graciously offered a solution to the Ground Zero Mosque debate, namely, to defuse the tension by buiding a Chess Center on the disputed territory. (   Such a unique suggestion prompted some digging, and this Ilyumzhinov seems to be quite an interesting character.

– As president of the World Chess Federation, he constructed the extravagant Chess City in the middle of Elista (

– Ilyumzhinov has been in office since 1993.  Four years into his term, he literally had an out of this world experience:

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