My dear friends!
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your selection to participate in the XXVIII International Olympiad in Informatics.
Today it is almost impossible to imagine our lives without information technology. It brings order to vast information streams on global, regional and local levels. It plays a crucial role in spreading computer literacy and increasing the importance of education, and touches on all aspects of social, political and cultural life, at home, work or at play.
For these reasons, the Russian Federation is placing a huge emphasis on IT in education, with a great interest in contemporary technology and methodology.
The XXVIII International Olympiad in Informatics will be contested by the best of the best: those who have triumphed in the many elimination rounds to make it here. It will be a real contest. Let this battle of wits be an important event in each of your lives, and your abilities, skills and strength of will carry you across the line.
I wish you the very best of luck, and every success in your endeavours!
Minister Nikolai Nikiforov