The message reads:
“I congratulate Orthodox Christians and all Russians celebrating Easter on this wonderful holiday.
Easter celebrations fill the hearts of millions of people with love and joy, inspire them to do good deeds and serve to affirm enduring values and moral guidelines within society such as caring for one’s neighbours, mercy and compassion.
It is very important that today, the Russian Orthodox Church continues the great traditions of its responsible service, helping people find faith and reinforcing their life’s journey. It is closely involved in educating the young generation and strengthening the institution of family. It is doing a great deal to harmonise interethnic and interfaith relations.
I sincerely wish you health, success, and all the very best on this joyous, celebratory day.”
On Saturday night, the President attended the Easter service conducted by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.