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Greetings to participants and guests of gala concert marking 1030th anniversary of Baptism of Rus

July 28, 2018

Vladimir Putin sent a message of greetings to participants and guests of a gala concert marking the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus.

The message reads, in part:

“The spiritual and civilisational choice made here in Chersonese by Saint Prince Vladimir has a truly historical dimension. The principles of the Orthodox faith acquired by the Russian prince from his Greek mentors laid the moral traditions of our people.

Honesty, mercy, uncompromising intentions and deeds, love for one’s neighbours, and unity molded our national character, determined the path of history and the establishment of Russia for all times.

Chersonese today is rightly a centre of pilgrimages and tourism, education and scientific research, the place of in-depth exposure to the glorious past of the country and its spiritual sources.

It is important that we carefully pass on from generation to generation those never-ending values that helped our ancestors to unite into a powerful state and persevere when times were hard.”

July 28, 2018