The message reads, in part:
“You are by right considered an outstanding choreographer of our time, a person with a unique talent and great
creative energy. In the years of your selfless service to art you have made
outstanding progress both as an artist and as a director, and made an invaluable contribution to the development of the great traditions of Russian
ballet. Your professional career and dedication to your calling deserve deep
Vladimir Vassilyev is an outstanding ballet dancer, teacher, choreographer and ballet master, National Artist of the USSR, who performed over 30 leading roles on the stage of the Bolshoy Theatre, many of which were created especially for him.