The message reads, in part:
“This wonderful festival is filled with the special warmth and sincere and deep gratitude we feel for our mothers, grandmothers and wives, that is, all women who take care of children.
Strong spiritual and family values form the basis of our society’s moral welfare and confident development. The family is where we receive the first glimpse of civic duty and patriotism and it is responsible for creating the atmosphere necessary for the development of children’s personality and world outlook. This is why support for family, mothers and children, as well as the demographic situation and children’s education are among the national priorities. It is highly commendable that this serious and much-needed work is being promoted by such initiatives as your forum, which has been co-sponsored by the Moscow Association of Multi-Child Families and the Moscow authorities.”