Sergei Shoigu, politician, Russian Army general, Hero of Russia
Dear Joseph Davydovich! You have been contributing, over many years, to the promotion and development of Russian culture. Your art imbued with high spirituality, emotion and patriotism has won you nation-wide love and recognition and forms part of Russian cultural treasury. At the same time, you are an active member of the State Duma; your firm citizenly stand, huge capacity for work and consummate professionalism have won you the fame of a prominent politician and public figure. I am sure that your outstanding talent and your professional and personal qualities will continue to be deployed for the benefit of our Motherland and, for a long time yet, will be a source of joy for your admirers. With all my heart, I wish you sterling good health, prosperity and further success with all your projects.