Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: My election campaign: the liquidation of KGB and Soviet Government
My election campaign was underway. I informed people of my program which included among many other details:
the liquidation of Soviet Government;
the abolishment of the KGB;
the promise to prioritize the interests of private citizens above those of the state,
to abolish all but five of the forty active ministries and to reduce parliament from 130 to twenty-five deputies;
private property was to be viewed as sacred and inviolable;
and church and state would be reunited.
There were some people in my campaign team who tried to play down some of the more radical parts of my program.
– “Why announce the abolishment of the KGB, Kirsan? Can you imagine what enemies you will make because of it? Strike it out. When you have become president you can do away with it, on the quiet. Otherwise the whole nomenclature, along with the deputies, will come out against you. They have tremendous power behind them, don’t forget. It’s an entire army, and a strong and influential one at that. They will easily gobble you up”.
However, I decided not to succumb to such tricks. The people had the right to know what I was planning. My program was intended for the people and I believed that they would support me.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, first President of Kalmykia
Elista, Republic of Kalmykia