Greetings from Vladimir Putin
It gives me great pleasure to greet you at the VIII International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival, dedicated to the Maestro's 90th birthday anniversary.
The life and work of this outstanding musician, prestigious public figure, true patriot and savant, will always remain for us a pre-eminent example of selfless service to the arts and to helping people, of dedication to humanitarian ideals. Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich's contribution to the invaluable heritage of world culture was unique, and through his tireless labour he established new and legendary traditions of the great Russian school of musical performance.
It is important to note that your project, in uniting composers, conductors, and artists from many countries fulfils a noble and much needed mission, while also sustaining the memory and priceless artistic heritage of Mstislav Rostropovich, assisting further cooperation in international humanitarian actions, and reinforcing mutual understanding between peoples.
I wish for you every success, inspiration in your doings, and all the very best.