This year, 322 families from 85 regions of the Russian Federation took part in the contest. Winners were selected in five categories: Large Family, Young Family, Rural Family, Keeper of Traditions, and the Golden Family of Russia.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, everyone.
Welcome to you all and congratulations to the winners of this contest – a very good and beautiful project, and, it turns out, a very popular one. Although this is only the second time it was held, the number of entrants sharply increased from the year before. If I am not mistaken, last year we had 296 families who made it to the federal level of the contest, compared to 322 this year. Congratulations!
I would like to say a few clear and simple words about the role of family as the foundation of society, the entire nation, but it is not only about this. It is fundamentally about the human element. We all love children, we understand that they are our future, but it is not so easy to properly organise the work of raising a family.
In a family, anything can happen, like in all things, but real talent – shown by people who manage to overcome all difficulties, if not easily, but anyway by means of kindness and love for each other – this talent is worth a great deal. Just like the talent for creating an atmosphere of warmth, kindness, and mutual support. You are succeeding in this, first and foremost, and I congratulate you on it.
I am very glad to see you all. I would like to wish you all the best. I will certainly gladly discuss with you any issues that you find interesting and relevant. I will try to answer your questions, if you have any.
As you may have seen – though probably there was no opportunity here – I have just met with my colleagues precisely on supporting Russian families in many areas. We have prepared a large package of measures to support Russian families.