On April 25, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov congratulated First President of the Republic of Tatarstan, State Counsellor of the republic Mintimer Shaimiev on being awarded the title of the Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation.
"Dear Mintimer Sharipovich! From the bottom of my heart I congratulate you on being awarded the title of Hero of Labour of the Russian Federation. It is worthily high appreciation of your unparalleled multifaceted, eventful, fruitful work for the benefit of your native republic and your people. You have brought Tatarstan to the qualitatively new edges of development, have managed to concentrate resources and creative efforts to achieve the set goals, and have rightfully gained the strong authority of a strong politician, far-sighted statesman and talented leader both in your native Tatarstan and throughout Russia. Being a unique, powerful personality, you have always been and remain the first. You are the first awarded the high title of the Hero of Labour of Russia among Tatarstan residents and among heads of Russian regions. I am sincerely happy for you, dear Mintimer Sharipovich. I know your restless heart and desire to work for the common good, energy and enthusiasm that you possess, and from the bottom of my heart I wish you a long active life and success in all your noble endeavors.
Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov ".