The message reads, in part:
“Filled with sincere love for Russia, our national customs and traditions, concerns for the development of the country’s public life, the great writer’s works had an immense impact on generations to come, became a remarkable phenomenon in the Russian and world literature.
I would stress that the current anniversary celebrations are underway in different Russian cities. However, the main event is here, in the writer’s native land in Orel.
The inimitable beauty and poetic atmosphere of this amazing area inspired Turgenev to create wonderful works that enjoy everlasting attention of the readers.
I am confident that such large-scale events have great importance as they raise young people’s awareness of Russian literature and pride in our richest historical and cultural heritage.”