The message reads, in part:
“Representatives of the Russian Search Movement have gathered in Veliky Novgorod today. This powerful and widely respected public organisation brings together tens of thousands of proactive and caring people who sincerely love their country and understand their personal responsibility for preserving the memory of the glorious chapters in the history of our Fatherland and its heroes. For many years, you have been doing an exceptionally important and noble deed by participating in search expeditions, maintaining war graves, proactively helping veterans and their families, meticulously working through the archives to identify the fallen defenders of the Fatherland and to tell their descendants about the heroism of their fathers and grandfathers.
I would like to stress that this multi-dimensional and extremely relevant work always finds support and a positive response in people’s hearts. This includes young people, more and more of whom join the ranks of the Russian Search Movement every year, adopting the timeless moral, spiritual and patriotic values bequeathed by the generation of victors.”