Irina Rodnina, 10-times world champion figure skater
Dear Joseph Davydovich! You are a distinguished artist whose talent has won nation-wide love and recognition not just in Russia but beyond its borders too. I would like to emphasise especially your contribution to the development of Russian sports. You always come to support our athletes, infusing them with energy, encouraging them and boosting their confidence. When you attend junior sports competitions, you create the unforgettable ambience of a sports festival for children. Through your songs, children get a better appreciation of such values as family, healthy way of life, respect for their elders and love for their Motherland. You teach the need to brave difficulties, to be confident and to move continuously forward. One cannot be a serious athlete without absorbing these maxims.
Dear Joseph Davydovich! I would like, with all my heart, to wish you good health, many happy returns of the day, further artistic success and all your projects coming to fruition.