The message reads, in part:
“My greetings to the delegates and guests of the 17th Congress of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
One of our country’s oldest parties, the Communist Party is by right proud of its history, keeping true to the ideals of many generations of its predecessors. The party continues to show great responsibility and is widely represented in legislatures, executive bodies and local government bodies to serve the interests of its millions of voters.
It is important that the party adheres to a balanced and professional approach when discussing the key issues of Russia’s development, and puts forward concrete programmes and initiatives. I would like to highlight your great and much needed work that aims to protect citizens’ social and labour rights, support the military-industrial complex, industrial production and agriculture, education and science, as well as your efforts in the patriotic education of young people.
I am certain that the congress will be held in a positive atmosphere to become a real venue for open and fruitful discussions.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours. I am counting on the constructive partnership and substantial dialogue to continue for the benefit of Russia and in the interest of its people.”