Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulates Rustam Minnikhanov on his anniversary

Dear Rustam Nurgalievich!

Joining all the kind words and wishes addressed to you on the occasion of your 60th anniversary today, I sincerely wish for your life to always be filled with respect and support of friends, love and care of the loved ones.

Let your accumulated comprehensive knowledge and the solid statesman’s experience help you in your arduous work of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan for the benefit of the people of the region and the whole of Russia.

Tatarstan is rightfully considered to be the one of the largest chess centres and the numerous world-class tournaments are a striking confirmation of this fact. I am sure that your activities aimed at the development and prosperity of the younger generation will contribute to the traditional and mutually beneficial cooperation between the FIDE and your beautiful Republic.

I wish you and your family happiness, prosperity and good health for many years to come. Gens una sumus! We are one people!

President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE)
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov