The message of greetings reads, in part:
“I congratulate you on the opening of the Congress and wish you success and fruitful work.
Your annual meetings have made a significant contribution to the consolidation of an information space by bringing the history, culture and modern life of Russia not only to millions of our compatriots, but also to anyone interested.
The World Congress of the Russian Press has played a significant role in disseminating Russian culture, an integral part of the spiritual heritage of humankind. It provides a good opportunity to enhance professional ties, exchange professional experience, and discuss projects for the creation of new media and expanding readership.
I am confident that this forum, full of informative presentations and discussions, will be remembered for your active and open discussion of issues, ones that are important for both Russian and international media. It will assist the implementation of measures to support compatriots abroad and strengthen cultural and educational contacts.”
The World Congress of the Russian Press is an open international non-governmental independent organisation uniting print and electronic media, agencies, publishers, editorial offices, TV and radio programmes in Russian.
The Congress is taking place June 18–20, 2009, in Lucerne (Switzerland).