Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited artist Ilya Glazunov at his gallery to congratulate him on his 79th birthday
10 june 2009
Vladimir Putin: Mr Glazunov, let me extend my best wishes to you on your birthday.
I would like to inform you that a Government resolution was signed to rename the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture as the Ilya Glazunov Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Many congratulations to you!
Mr Glazunov, 20 years ago you founded this academy, and have served Russian art with good faith and truth for all these 20 years. The history of our Fatherland and the depth of the people's characters you depict are deftly intertwined in your works. Thank you for your service.