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Happy New Year!

01.01.2009

Dear Colleagues and Friends!

I wholeheartedly wish you a Happy New Year and wonderful Christmas!

In saying goodbye to the outgoing year, we remember our difficulties and accomplishments, and for each they are unique,
but there is an idea that unites us all regardless of borders and distances.  This is the idea of Russkiy Mir – our own
common home and our common aspirations, the idea of a great and spiritual Fatherland.

In this past year we have together made a major step forward toward the uniting and strengthening of Russkiy Mir.
But its potential has not yet been realized, and there is still much for us to do in order to show the whole world
its invaluable treasure, cultural power and eternal ideals of goodness, justice and freedom.

Success and inspiration to you all, dear friends!

Health, happiness and good fortune to you and your families!


Executive Director
Russkiy Mir Foundation
Vyacheslav Nikonov

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