The congratulatory message reads, in part:
“This holiday unites people from different professions that have devoted their lives to the difficult and highly important work of exploring the Arctic and Antarctica. Many generations of your predecessors served the Fatherland faithfully, making their contribution to strengthening its economy, defence capacity and scientific potential. It was the polar explorers, as true pioneers, who created new sea and air routes, discovered rich deposits, conducted unique research, created a foundation for exploring promising regions and did a great deal to preserve the unique ecology of the Arctic and Antarctica, as well as implementing national and international environmental programmes.
I am pleased that you continue these wonderful traditions. Russia is rightfully proud of your bravery, selfless work and professionalism, as well as your victories and achievements.”