The message reads, in part:
“I congratulate you on Polar Explorer Day: a holiday established to mark our deep gratitude to the many generations of geologists, scientists, sailors, pilots, builders and surveyors who dedicated their lives to the exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic. These brave and valiant people, true explorers, have made Russia famous with their geographic discoveries and unique scientific research and laid a solid foundation for our presence in these strategically important regions of the world.
It is good that, using this invaluable experience, you are continuing your predecessors’ firm working traditions and making a significant contribution to the growth of Russia’s economic, defensive and scientific potential. You show the best professional and personal qualities and always act with assurance and consistency in the most difficult conditions.
I am confident that Russian polar explorers will continue to achieve their objectives for the benefit of Russia and all Russians in the future.”