“This event played a decisive role in the Udmurt people’s destiny, binding them solidly together with other peoples in a single multiethnic state”, Mr Medvedev said in his message. “Over all these years the region’s residents have worked hard to build up Udmurtia’s potential and strengthen our Motherland. You can feel deserved pride in the outstanding sons and daughters of your region – world renowned arms designers, writers, musicians and sportspeople who have written many bright pages in our country’s chronicles.
Udmurtia today is one of the country’s fast-growing regions. It is developing new approaches in science and education and carrying out innovative projects to make its economy more competitive. It pays close attention to maintaining interethnic and inter-faith harmony and preserving the cultural diversity of the peoples of the Volga and Urals regions.
I am sure that your hard work, love for your home region and caring attitude towards the rich legacy of your forebears will guarantee Udmurtia’s success in pursuing its development and improving its people’s quality of life”.