The message reads, in part:
“Your congress will sum up the results of the big efforts and hard work your organisation has carried out, discuss future tactics and strategy, and outline key areas for cooperation with government bodies, political parties, and public associations.
The Russian Pensioners’ Union has built up solid experience and considerably bolstered its human resources and organisational capability. Your desire to play an active part in Russia’s life and help to reach our biggest common national objectives through real action and initiatives deserves the highest praise. You are firmly committed to protecting our citizens’ rights and interests and you make a major contribution to helping to shape an effective state social policy.
I am sure that the congress will be constructive and creative in spirit and that its recommendations will find practical use, above all as concerns raising the living standards of pensioners and veterans.”