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MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin extended on Monday his congratulations regarding the International Volunteer Day thanking all volunteers, who are helping in the organization of major sports events in Russia.
"Today, volunteers have focused their efforts on the organization of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup," Putin said in his statement posted on the official website of the Kremlin.
"I am confident that the help of volunteers, their enthusiasm and creative approach will provide for the organization of these events at the highest possible level," the Russian president said adding that volunteers "made a huge and invaluable contribution" into the organization of such large-scale tournaments as the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi and the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan.
"It is comforting indeed that nowadays the humane ideas of the volunteer movement unite millions of energetic and caring people with the active life stance, including the youth, schoolchildren and college students," Putin said. "They sincerely strive to be of use for the society, exercise their knowledge, talent and experience for the benefit of constructive endeavors."
The Russian president also said that the government would continue extending the necessary support for the development of the volunteer movement adding that he wished all volunteers "all the best in their important and responsible work."
The 2018 World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup Volunteer Recruitment campaign was launched at a solemn ceremony in Moscow on June 1 by Russian President Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
Last October, the Russian Sports Ministry certified 15 higher education establishments in 11 cities across Russia, officially authorizing them to recruit and prepare volunteers for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup, which are the two major FIFA events to be hosted by Russia in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
A total of 5,000 volunteers will be selected to serve at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, while 15,000 volunteers are planned to be recruited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.