On Defender of the Fatherland Day, I heartily congratulate soldiers of the army and navy, veterans of the Great Patriotic War – all who are ready without delay to protect our Motherland against any external encroachment.
With special feeling, I congratulate soldiers and officers who served and serve in the military unit No. 52923 of the North Caucasian Military District, where I also served.
From the bottom of my heart, I wish all who are performing their military duty with dignity today honestly and faithfully serve Russia. I wish them success in their hard work and I also wish veterans strong health and prosperity, happiness and a peaceful sky over their heads! Congratulations!
President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)