The message reads, in part:
“The institution of local self-government has deep historical roots and traditions in our country. The changing generations made amendments to its operations, but the best representatives of zemstvo institutions and municipal administration bodies continued to work effectively and have been noted for their commitment to principle and a desire to serve their homeland and people honestly. Over the past years, they have made a huge contribution to improving healthcare, education, public awareness and enterprise in the country, as well as to promoting the noble ideals of charity, mercy and patronage in society.
The further development of local self-government and the improvement of its effectiveness, resource and personnel capabilities are a clear priority for us today. This is a major condition for the solution of current problems facing the citizens of Russia, for their involvement in the implementation of major projects and programmes aimed at improving our living environment, strengthening the housing and utilities sector, the social and transport infrastructure. In this large-scale and much needed work we rely on your initiative, your active position and your readiness to conduct an open and trust-based dialogue with the people.”