Moscow, January 7, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Orthodox Christians and all Russian citizens, who celebrate Christmas, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.
"This wonderful holiday makes people happy and gives them hope, unites them around timeless spiritual and moral values, traditions of mercy and charity. It is associated with folk and family customs passed on from generation to generation, as well as a sincere belief in changes of the better and the achievement of one's greatest desires," the president said in his congratulations.
"I would like to note with satisfaction that the Russian Orthodox Church and other Christian denominations play a prominent positive role in our country's life, provide for social harmony, the strengthening of the family institution and the education of young people. They make considerable efforts to resolve pressing social issues and harmonize the inter-ethnic and inter-faith dialogue. Such productive and much needed work deserves profound gratitude and respect," he said.
Putin wished "good health, success and prosperity to Orthodox Christians and all Russian citizens celebrating Christmas."