Happy Defender of the Fatherland Day!

I sincerely congratulate the army and navy soldiers, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, representatives of the security forces - all who protect the borders of our great Motherland and are always ready to defend it from external encroachments - on the Defender of the Fatherland Day.

We are rightly proud of the military traditions of the Russian Armed Forces. Our fathers and grandfathers heroically defended the Fatherland during the years of severe trials. And we are obliged to preserve and enhance the glorious traditions of the Russian army.

I am most pleased to congratulate the soldiers and officers, who served and are serving in military unit 52923 of the North Caucasus Military District, where I served as well.
I sincerely wish all those who adequately fulfil their military duty today success in hard work and, honestly and faithfully, to serve Russia. I wish all veterans good health and well-being, happiness and a peaceful sky over their heads. Happy holiday!

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov