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Greetings to the 37th IBBY World Congress

September 10, 2021

Vladimir Putin sent greetings to the hosts, participants and guests of the 37th IBBY World Congress which is taking place in Moscow.

The message reads, in part:

“It is a great honour and great responsibility for us to host the participants of the congress – writers, painters, translators, librarians, teachers, journalists, and publishers from many countries. You are the ones who make a significant and meaningful contribution to creating and popularising literature for children, open up a fascinating world of knowledge for them, and introduce them to the vast heritage of domestic and foreign classic literature, as well as the best books written by modern authors.

I am confident that the congress will be held in a productive and constructive manner and that it will be a venue full of meaningful meetings and discussions, providing a starting point for major educational, awareness-raising, and informational projects for children and young adults. Importantly, your initiatives should promote the younger generation’s interest in reading, respect for the book, as well as creativity and artistic taste.”

September 10, 2021