Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s congratulations on Pioneers Day

On May 19, 1922, exactly one hundred years ago, pioneers’ detachments were created at the Second All-Russian Conference of the Komsomol. That’s how Pioneers Day became one of the main children's holidays. However, the All-Union Pioneer Organization named after V.I. Lenin ceased to exist in September 1991. Thirty-one years have passed since then, but I still think this was a grave mistake. If they tell me that by doing so we have achieved tremendous success in educating the younger generation, I will opt to disagree. It is impossible not to admit that the best thing in a person - loyalty to one’s word, comradeship, friendship, courage and determination, and responsibility for one's deeds - was laid then. I happened to visit Artek, the best pioneer camp for children. I still remember the joy of communicating with the guys from all over our great country, with whom I became friends and have maintained relations for many years. I convey pioneer greetings to my Artek friends! I send my greetings to the members of the pioneer team of the Elista School No. 3, where I studied! We, then pioneers, were united by friendship for life!

Have we forgotten our pioneer childhood? Hiking, singing at campfire, collection of waste paper and scrap metal, pioneer camps, disputes, competitions. Are today's children, who spend almost all day at computers, happier? I'm sure not. And we all need to think hard about this. I sincerely congratulate everyone who was born in the USSR, who wore a red tie, on the glorious spring holiday – Pioneers Day! Happy holiday, friends!