Russian President Vladimir Putin speeches during the conference of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on March 1, 2016 in Moscow, Russia.
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By Eliana Dockterman
March 8, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin took the time on Tuesday to celebrate women in an open letter marking International Women’s Day.

“Dear women, you possess a mysterious power: you keep up with everything juggle a myriad of tasks, and yet remain tender, unforgettable and full of charm,” Putin wrote. “You bring goodness and beauty, hope and light into this world. We are proud of you and we love you.”

The leader went on to hail women as the “true soul of Russia” in a speech. Many were quick to point out on social media that Putin has been responsible for jailing many women standing up for women’s rights and human rights in his country.

Read the full letter below:

 

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