The message reads, in part:
“Over the past years, CSKA has made a long and eventful journey from Vsevobuch (Universal Military Training) to one of the country’s most award-winning sports clubs and written many brilliant and unforgettable chapters in the triumphant history of Russian and international sport.
CSKA has raised a constellation of winners in the most prestigious international competitions, Olympic champions and medallists. Their outstanding achievements are our common pride and national legacy.
It is important that the current CSKA athletes respect their predecessors’ glorious traditions and strengthen the authority of their home club and Russia’s status of a great sports nation with their success by remaining leaders in gymnastics and figure skating, demonstrating excellent results in track and field and martial arts as well as such popular sports as football, ice hockey and basketball.
I want to sincerely thank everybody and the club’s veterans for their selfless and tenacious hard work for the benefit of their country.”