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Meeting with members of Dynamo Hockey Club

August 17, 2013, Sochi

Vladimir Putin met with staff and players of HC Dynamo, which has won its second straight Gagarin Cup.

Vladimir Putin presented an honorary certificate and commendations to Dynamo’s staff and players for their services to developing physical culture and sport.

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Beginning of meeting with staff and players of HC Dynamo

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Dear friends, thank you for the applause, but it is primarily for you yourselves.

I’m very pleased with Dynamo’s team, which has won the Gagarin Cup twice, demonstrating its volition, skills, and desire to play and to win.

I remember the time that [Deputy Secretary of the Security Council and former Interior Minister] Mr Nurgaliyev told me about how the team was formed, its funding difficulties, and said that the guys were simply going on their enthusiasm and desire.

And when you achieved your first victory I did not believe it was possible, but it was possible a second time too. And naturally, this bears witness to the fact that you have created a spirited, good, competent, effective and talented team.

I think that you managed to achieve what I would call – without any undue exaggeration – an outstanding result thanks to team play in combination with individual skills. Let me warmly congratulate you once again.


August 17, 2013, Sochi