The message reads, in part:
“Launched on November 1, 1997, this television channel made a large and tangible contribution to the creation and development of modern Russian media and the preservation of the wonderful traditions of enlightenment, of which our country is rightly proud. The main point is that you have managed to develop your own creative information style, implement a broad range of diverse and invariably interesting and meaningful projects, and win the sincere recognition of millions of television viewers.
I am pleased to be able to say that your channel maintains a high professional level and strives to consider the needs of its faithful audience. It offers its audience memorable pages of domestic and world history, impressive events in the world of theatre, music and cinema, and talented works by outstanding masters. I would like to note that all your programmes are invariably distinguished by the relevance and depth of the chosen themes and impeccable artistic taste. I am confident that you will carry this into the future.”