Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulates friends and compatriots on the Defender of the Fatherland’s Day

With all my heart I congratulate you on the Defender of the Fatherland’s Day, soldiers of the army and navy, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, representatives of law enforcement agencies - all those who guard the borders of our great Motherland, who are ready to protect it from any external encroachments.

We are 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 keep the glorious traditions of the Russian army.

I warmly congratulate the soldiers and officers who served and are serving in unit 52923 of the North Caucasus Military District, where I served in 1980-1982.

I wish all those who today perform their military duty with dignity, serve Russia honestly and devotedly. I wish them success in their hard work, and I wish good health and well-being, happiness and peace of mind to the veterans! Happy holiday!