The message reads:
Dear Mr Melnikov,
Please accept my best wishes on your 85th birthday.
As an acclaimed director and screenwriter, you have created over twenty highly distinctive films during your time at the legendary Lenfilm Studio. Many of them have become classics of Russian cinema. Your films “Chukotka Chief,” “The Seven Brides of Lance-Corporal Zbruyev,” “The Elder Son” and “The Royal Hunt” remain popular to this day with audiences of all ages.
I wish you all the very best. Happy May Day!