The message reads, in part:
“26 Iyar, the Day of Salvation and Liberation, was established in memory of the great feat of soldiers and officers of the Red Army and the armies of the allied countries, who crushed Nazism and saved the Jews and other peoples from total annihilation. Over the past years, it has united people around the enduring ideals and values of humanity, and has received wide support from public and religious organisations and the Russian Jewish Congress.
I am sure that the celebration of the Day of Salvation and Liberation strengthens the connection between times and generations, enriches the historical, religious and spiritual traditions of Judaism, and contributes to the patriotic education of young people. And, of course, special words of gratitude go to our dear veterans.”