From the bottom of my heart I congratulate you on the International Women's Day!
Nature salutes bright sun rays to the best half of our human beings precipitating the much-awaited arrival of warmth, giving bright, affirming mood in this wonderful spring day.
Glorifying the image of woman over the centuries, many writers and poets, artists and composers associated it with timeless universal human values such us love and faith, sanctity of maternity and family hearth.
Woman, indeed, is a whole world filled with beauty and tenderness, gift of mercy and belief in a better future, care for family and relatives.
The great and sometimes tragic pages of the development of world civilization reflected in women's lives as in the global mirror. In the Year of Leo Tolstoy, celebrated in Tatarstan, we always turn to the images of Natasha Rostova, Anna Karenina, Katyusha Maslova and other heroines of the works of the immortal classic, admiring and empathizing with them.
The names of many outstanding women whose personal qualities and public behavior are worthy of respect and imitation, are written in golden letters in the glorious history of our multinational republic. In this regard, our heroic women-veterans who on equal terms with men, at the cost of incredible efforts defended the honor and freedom of our Motherland and raised it from the ruins, deserve special appreciation and gratitude.
It is encouraging that today the great-granddaughters of those who stood strong and won in 1945, the young figure skaters - our compatriot Alina Zagitova and Yevgeny Medvedev in fair fight have won gold and silver of the Olympics in Pyeongchang, bringing the well-deserved sporting glory of Russia.
Certainly, each of you, dear grandmothers, mothers, sisters, wives and daughters deserve the warmest words and expressions of love.
Joining in with all congratulations that will be made today in your address, I would like sincerely wish you, dear women, to be happy, nice, charming, self-confident, generously giving others your kindness and tenderness.
May peace, love and mutual understanding always come with you!
Tatarstan President, Rustam Minnikhanov".