Ilyumzhinov congratulates compatriots on Russia Day

From the bottom of my heart, I congratulate everyone on the Day of Russia - the holiday of the revival of the sovereign statehood of our great Motherland. This holiday is a symbol of freedom and independence; it unites all of us by sincere and selfless love for the Fatherland.

On June 12, 1990, as a deputy of the First Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation, I voted for the Declaration on the Sovereignty of Russia. 32 years have passed since it was adopted. Over the years, our country has gone through a difficult path of development, but managed to confirm the status of a strong and independent power and unite many peoples and cultures.
I was born and raised in Russia, I live here now, my family lives here. Parents and brothers live in my Little Motherland - Kalmykia. June 12 is a sacred day for us. It is celebrated by people of different nationalities, cultures and generations. We are all united by the desire to be strong and prosperous. A prosperous, firmly standing, independent Russia is our dream, our common future. In the name of this, we live and work, keep the traditions and covenants of our ancestors, and, I am sure, we will achieve success.

We are proud of the glorious history of our Fatherland, the great cultural and historical heritage. We love Russia and will do everything in our power for the sake of its prosperity.

I wish you all health, good luck, peace and prosperity!