The President said, in particular, in his telegram:
“That you have come here to Moscow is clear evidence of the importance you place on the years you spent studying in our country’s universities and your enduring warm feelings for your teachers, fellow students, alma maters, and for Russia, where people remember you and hope to see you again.
It is a source of pride for us that more than a million people from 160 different countries are making effective use of the knowledge they gained in our country. Graduates of Russian and Soviet universities have gone on to become highly skilled specialists, entrepreneurs, prominent politicians and public figures. Your impressive achievements offer a solid argument encouraging people abroad to choose Russian universities for their higher education.
Your knowledge of the Russian language plays a big part in your professional success. Russian is an official language of the world’s main international organisations and is a unique means of interethnic communication for many millions of people. I hope that you will continue to help spread and promote the Russian language in the world.”