The message reads, in part:
“It is encouraging that Russian students are striving to actively participate in the life of the country, opening new horizons of activities for themselves and take up large-scale, ambitious and urgent projects with their natural flare. Students perform production targets in various sectors of the economy – in construction, fuel and energy, transport, agro-industrial complex, they work in healthcare, education and culture, properly continuing wonderful traditions of many previous generations.
In this connection I will stress very extensive and crucial work of the National Public Youth Organisation Student Construction Brigades, its considerable contribution to the realisation of young people’s creative potential. After going through the reliable school and training of the student brigades, young men and women acquire professional experience and practical skills, more confidently face the future, learn to be useful to Russia.”
Student Construction Brigades unites thousands of young people who work in different sectors of the economy during their study-free time. Next year, the student brigade movement will be 60 years old. In total, over 18 million people have worked in student brigades.
In the 20th century, student construction brigades took part in developing virgin lands, the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline, establishing Russia’s oil and gas complex, building different industrial enterprises, factories and power stations.
Today construction brigades take part in such large-scale projects as building the facilities for the 2012 APEC Leaders’ Meeting, 27th World Winter Universiade 2013 in Kazan, 22nd Olympic and 11th Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, construction of and infrastructure development at the Bovanenkovo oil and gas condensate deposit in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area, Vostochny and Plesetsk space launch centres, and Russia’s nuclear power industry facilities.