At a September 8 press conference held in Elista, capital ofÂ the Russian republic of Kalmykia which he represents as President,Â Kirsan Ilyumzhinov called for the establishment of a center for UFO studies in Russia. That announcement overshadowed his concurrent announcement that he does not plan to seekÂ reelection. Most members of the Press asked Ilyumzhinov about his UFO experiences. Earlier this year, Ilyumzhinov went on Russian national TV to declare that he had been taken off world by extraterrestrials in 1997, and cited three witnesses to confirm his disappearance. A self-made millionaire, Ilyumzhinov is best known internationally as President of the World Chess Federation.