On February 14, 2023, the ELCIR Headquarters received a birthday greetings telegram from Governor of Leningrad Oblast Aleksandr Drozdenko for Bishop Emeritus Arri Kugappi who turned 70!
“I wish you a happy birth anniversary! I would like to use this occasion to thank you for everything you have done and are doing to uphold the true moral values and to transform and unite people in spirit! On your 70th birthday, I sincerely wish you good health, strength of spirit, and blessed successes in all your good works and endeavors!
Aleksandr Drozdenko, Governor of Leningrad Oblast”