The message reads, in part:
“The anniversary of this outstanding military leader and statesman is a big event, a landmark not only for his fellow countrymen, residents of the Kaluga Region but also for the entire country. Georgy Zhukov was a distinguished military leader on a truly historic scale. He fully devoted himself to the service to the Motherland and traversed the heroic path of a warrior ‒ from a common soldier during World War I to the Marshall of Victory. His strategic talent and ability to make clever and prompt decisions even in the most complicated circumstances largely determined the results of the key, pivotal battles of the Great Patriotic War.
I am convinced that holding these celebrations is an important and high-demand initiative, evidence of the deep interest of different generations in our history, the exploits and accomplishments of our ancestors. Of course, the anniversary events are called upon to help preserve the people’s memory of the Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov and his enormous contribution to the Great Victory.”