The message reads, in part:
“Turbulent and dramatic events of 1917 make up an inalienable and highly complex chapter in our history. The Revolution had a huge impact on the development of Russia and the entire world and, to a large extent, determined the political, economic and social landscape of the 20th century. Therefore, it is logical that on its 100th anniversary, public figures, researchers and the media are engaging in an in-depth and comprehensive reflection on the events and express very different, sometimes completely opposing, opinions and judgments.
I am convinced, however, that even the most heated debates must rely on facts and documents as well as on an objective and respectful attitude towards our past. I expect that these meetings, which brought together representatives of many countries, will contribute to such constructive discussion and to the strengthening of friendships with foreign colleagues and partners.”