Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a millionaire businessman and president of the International Chess Foundation (FIDE) since 1995, claims he was abducted by space aliens. He also believes that space aliens introduced chess to humanity.
The 53-year-old multimillionaire businessman is the former president of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, a position he held for 17 years.
Kalmykia, a Buddhist enclave in the Caspian sea area of southwestern Russia, is one of the poorest regions of the federation with a population of nearly 300,000.
Ilyumzhinov, who is reportedly considering running for the position of president of FIFA, the world’s soccer governing body, is a unique personality among the special group of people called “experiencers,” who claim they have gone through the ordeal of being abducted by space aliens. He is a powerful and wealthy man with extensive connections among world leaders, rich, famous and influential people.
In an April 26, 2010 interview with the Russian TV host Vladimir Pozner, Ilyumzhinov repeated claims he made as early as 2001 in an interview with Radio Freedom (Czech Republic) that while visiting Moscow as president of Kalmykia in September 1997, he was abducted from his apartment in a flying saucer by extraterrestrials dressed in yellow spacesuits.
The flying saucer flew into his apartment, picked him up and took him on a trip to outer space. The aliens gave him a spacesuit and showed him how to turn the dials on the chest of the spacesuit to control his supply of oxygen.
“I was reading my book, watching television and had almost fallen asleep. Then I felt that someone was calling. I would not have believed it, if I had not had three witnesses—my driver, my minister and my aide.”
“They took me from my apartment and we went aboard their ship. We flew to some kind of star. “
The aliens were like human beings, so he was able to talk with them. The encounter made him realize that humans are not alone in the universe.
“I’m not a crazy man, but after I gave the first interview to Radio Freedom in Russia… thousands — not hundreds — thousands of people wrote me letters and called on the phone, saying, ‘Oh, Kirsan, you are a politician and you are not afraid to talk about it?'”
During the space trip, the alien ship stopped to pick up equipment on an alien planet. But they took him back to Earth when he told them he had an event to attend as president of Kalmykia.
“I asked them to take me back to Earth as quickly as possible, because in two days I had to conduct Youth Government Week.”
After the experience, he began wondering why the aliens took him and regretted he had not asked them more questions.
After he spoke about his alien abduction experience in 2010, a member of Parliament, Andre Lebedev, openly expressed concern about Ilyumzhinov’s mental health wondering whether he was fit to be president of Kalmykia.
Lebedev asked President Dmitry Medvedev to investigate Ilyumzhinov’s story, saying that if it was true he might have revealed state secrets to the aliens.
Ilyumzhinov’s alien abduction experience may have inspired his belief that the game of chess was invented by alien species.
He believes that chess was brought to Earth by aliens and that angry chess-loving aliens could come and destroy the Earth if not enough people take up the game.
“My theory is that chess comes from space. Because it’s the same rules — 64 squares, black and white, and the same rules in Japan, in China, in Qatar, in Mongolia, in Africa — the rules are the same. Why? I think maybe it is from space.”
To prevent a chess-inspired global catastrophe he ordered mandatory chess lessons for school children during his 17 years as president of Kalmykia.
According to Ilyumzhinov, part of the evidence that chess is a “cosmic game” that was brought to Earth by aliens comes from the observation that archaeological discoveries from different parts of the world show that various forms of the game played on every continent on Earth have identical rules.
He claims that the only reasonable explanation of that observation is a common alien source.
“There was no internet before, so how did it get across the world? It means that it was brought from somewhere.”
The Huffington Post’s Lee Speigel quotes Jan Harzan, executive director of Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), saying, “Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is one Russian politician who publicly discussed UFOs and, culturally, it apparently was not a disaster. Perhaps the Russian population sees him as someone bending the rules when he talks about having had an experience with a UFO and its alien crew.”
“I’m not ill. I’m psychologically normal. I didn’t hide it even though I knew that people would laugh at me and say I was crazy.”
MUFON also said in an email message to the Huffington Post that Ilyumzhinov is “outspoken about UFOs from experience or just for publicity and attention, we don’t know. But it is rather unusual when you compare him to American politicians. Here in the U.S., it is still political disaster for a politician to discuss UFOs from a personal point of view.”
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