The message reads, in part:
“The Tula Kremlin is a genuine masterpiece of Russian art of building, a unique monument of Russian culture and architecture. For centuries, it reliably defended our country’s southern borders and witnessed many developments that played an important part in our history. No enemy was ever able to overcome or destroy the powerful walls of this ancient citadel. So it was in 1941, when the entire city of Tula, as an impregnable fortress, stood in the way of the invaders as they tried to reach our capital. Largely thanks to the Tula residents, who showed exceptional courage and bravery, this city of gunsmiths withstood the onslaught and defended Moscow and rightfully received the high title of a Hero City.
It is gratifying to know that today the preservation of the Tula Kremlin serves as an example of fruitful collaboration between the state and civil society, including researchers, restorers, and philanthropists, in a word, many people who care and love their Motherland and cherish our heritage of inestimable value.”