The message reads, in part:
“I consider the revival of one of our nation’s oldest and most prestigious civic organisations to be an important and most demanded initiative. Founded in 1866, the Russian Historical Society brought together not only professional historians, professors and educators, but also state figures, politicians, diplomats, top military officers and entrepreneurs – educated, creative people who loved their Fatherland and genuinely cared about its future.
During the time of its existence, the Society made a truly invaluable input into the development of historical science in our country and did a great deal to broaden public education.
I am certain that the Russian Historical Society which is being established today will preserve and strengthen these valuable traditions, actively participating in improving school education, the education of young people on the basis of the values of patriotism, civic consciousness, and respect toward all the pages and periods of our national history, as well as giving constant attention to popularising historical awareness and countering attempts to falsify historical facts.
The integrity of history and our responsibility to generations of our predecessors are the foundations for strong statehood and social cohesion.”
The President wished the Russian Historical Society success and expressed his readiness to provide it with every possible form of contribution and assistance.