The message reads, in part:
“The history of Russian Cossacks comprises many glorious pages and unforgettable names. Cossacks have served the country selflessly and honestly for centuries. They fought bravely for its freedom and independence, protected its borders and explored new territories. They have always maintained their distinctive way of life and the traditions and customs of their predecessors and spent much time and effort on the moral and patriotic education of young people.
It is very important that the current Cossack generation respects this unique historical, cultural and spiritual legacy and is actively involved in the life of Russia and Russian society, as evidenced by the agenda of this forum. You will discuss a broad range of issues regarding the consolidation of Russian Cossacks and the improvement of their interaction with the state, the church and civil society institutions. You will also analyse the implementation of the Strategy for the Development of State Policy Towards Cossacks and the best initiatives and proposals regarding this issue.
I am confident that the Big Cossack Assembly will proceed in a fruitful and constructive manner and will attract broad public attention, and that its recommendations will contribute to the efficient achievement of the goals Russian Cossacks are facing.”