The message reads, in part:
“Your road in life is that of a true master and man of rare talent and generous spirit. You have won unquestioned respect through your creative and civic courage and ability to hold firm and stay true to your views and beliefs.
You have fully embodied your attitude towards yourself, the people around you, and this world’s eternal spiritual and moral values in your creative work and your service of culture. You have never simply followed the beaten trail, and your theatre – “Lyubimov’s theatre” – thus deserves its place as a symbol of innovation and socially aware and critical art that makes viewers think, gives them an emotional experience, and leaves no one indifferent.”