FIDE Head Congratulates Veterans of War on Victory Day

Dear veterans of war! I cordially congratulate you on the 73rd anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. This sacred holiday will forever remain a symbol of the unprecedented courage and strength of the spirit of our people. In the bloodiest war in the history of mankind, our fathers and grandfathers protected the Fatherland from the enemy, saved the world from fascism. We are proud of the heroism and perseverance of the soldiers as well as the dedication of the workers in the rear.

The heroism and courage of the Soviet soldiers manifested in this grand battle set a lasting example of love for the Fatherland, true patriotism, valour and military art to all subsequent generations of Russian citizens.
Let us forever cherish the memory of those who gave their lives for the freedom and independence of the Motherland and for the happiness of future generations! On this bright day, we pay a deep respect to the veterans of war. We wholeheartedly thank all those who brought the Great Victory closer for the peaceful sky and the opportunity to live and work for the benefit of Russia.
Your immortal feat will always live in the memory of mankind as an example of valour, courage and devotion to the Motherland. I wish all of you, dear veterans, health, optimism, prosperity, happiness and all the very best! Congratulations! Happy Victory Day!

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov