The President of FIDE interviewed by the Itogi weekly magazine (in Russian).

In this interview Kirsan Nikolayevich tells about his numerous recent visits and meetings with famous politicians, recalls his early chess and student years as well as his contact with aliens, and shares his plans for the future.

Original text 

 With Pope John Paul II 

With Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik before the start of their notorious match 

 

Pictures by “Itogi” and courtesy of Kirsan Ilyumzhinov