The message reads, in part:
“Your forum is rightfully considered an important, long-awaited event in the country’s social, cultural and spiritual life. It is famous for its representative composition and the wide range of issues put up for discussion. And most importantly, the agenda of your meetings covers the current cultural and civilisational issues that are crucially important for Russia’s present and future. And, of course, it is gratifying to know that in your discussions you pay a great deal of attention to such important issues as the preservation of historical memory, and raising young people based on the values of patriotism and respect for all the pages in our history, and the actions and achievements of our ancestors.
It is symbolic that the current forum marks the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter the Great, a prominent politician, a patriot, a worthy son of Russia who devoted his live to serving the Fatherland. The victories of the Russian army and navy and large-scale reforms in the economy, science and education to a great extent defined the development of our country for centuries to come, as one of the world’s greatest and most powerful states. And, of course, a subject that demands deep and thorough research is the interaction between the state, society and Russia’s traditional religions in the era of Peter’s fundamental transformation of the country.
I am sure that the 30th International Educational Readings will be held, as always, at a high organisational and creative level, and your ideas and proposals will definitely be relevant.”