40 Facts About Dmitry Medvedev

1. On 13 April 2009, Dmitry Medvedev gave a major interview to the Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

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2. On 23 June 2011, Dmitry Medvedev participated in launching of the "Eternal Values" project of RIA Novosti state-operated news agency together with Russian Chapter of Wikimedia Foundation.

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3. In October 2008, President Dmitry Medvedev began posting a videoblog at the presidential website.

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4. Dmitry Medvedev is the lead co-author of a book of legal commentary entitled, A Commentary on the Federal Law "On the State Civil Service of the Russian Federation".

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5. Dmitry Medvedev is the author of a university textbook, Questions of Russia's National Development, first published in 2007, concerning the role of the Russian state in social policy and economic development.

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6. Dmitry Medvedev wrote two short articles on the subject of his doctoral dissertation in Russian law journals.

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7. Dmitry Medvedev is a fan of British hard rock, listing Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and Deep Purple as his favorite bands.

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8. On 14 June 2018 Dmitry Medvedev announces government's intention to increase the retirement age.

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9. On 31 March 2014, Dmitry Medvedev was the first Russian leader to visit Crimea since the peninsula became part of Russia on 18 March.

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10. Dmitry Medvedev was the first Prime Minister to represent Russia at a G-8 meeting.

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11. On 19 May 2012 Dmitry Medvedev took part in the G-8 Summit at Camp David, in the United States, replacing President Putin, who decided not to represent Russia in the summit.

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12. Dmitry Medvedev took office as Prime Minister of Russia on 8 May 2012, after President Vladimir Putin signed the decree formalizing his appointment to the office.

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13. Dmitry Medvedev said he himself would be ready to perform "practical work in the government".

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14. Dmitry Medvedev laid flowers at the Eternal Fire and honored the memory of the victims with a minute of silence.

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15. Dmitry Medvedev said it was Joseph Stalin who in fact "ultimately saved Europe".

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16. In late November 2010, Dmitry Medvedev made a public statement about the damage being done to Russia's politics by the dominance of the United Russia party.

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17. On 6 November 2010, Dmitry Medvedev vetoed a recently passed bill which restricted antigovernment demonstrations.

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18. On 7 February 2011, President Dmitry Medvedev signed the bill into law.

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19. On 27 October 2010, President Dmitry Medvedev submitted the draft to the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma.

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20. Dmitry Medvedev made reforming Russia's law enforcement one of his top agendas, the reason for which was a shooting started by a police officer in April 2009 in one of Moscow's supermarkets.

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21. On 7 August 2009, Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Prosecutor General, Yury Chayka, and the Chief of the Audit Directorate of the Presidential Administration of Russia, Konstantin Chuychenko, to probe state corporations, a new highly privileged form of organisation earlier promoted by President Putin, to question their appropriateness.

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22. Dmitry Medvedev has named technological innovation one of the key priorities of his presidency.

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23. At the time of the attack, Dmitry Medvedev was on vacation and Putin was attending the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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24. Dmitry Medvedev was careful not to upset the balance of different factions in the Presidential administration and in the government.

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25. On 8 May 2008, Dmitry Medvedev appointed Vladimir Putin Prime Minister of Russia as he had promised during his election campaign.

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26. On 7 May 2008, Dmitry Medvedev took an oath as the third President of the Russian Federation in a ceremony held in the Grand Kremlin Palace.

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27. Dmitry Medvedev was elected President of Russia on 2 March 2008.

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28. On 22 January 2008, Dmitry Medvedev held what was effectively his first campaign speech at Russia's second Civic Forum, advocating a liberal-conservative agenda for modernising Russia.

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29. In January 2008, Dmitry Medvedev launched his campaign with stops in the oblasts.

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30. Dmitry Medvedev formally registered his candidacy with the Central Election Commission on 20 December 2007 and said he would step down as chairman of Gazprom, since under the current laws, the president is not permitted to hold another post.

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31. In December 2005 Dmitry Medvedev was named Person of the Year by Expert magazine, a limited Russian business weekly.

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32. In November 2005 Dmitry Medvedev moved from the presidential administration of the government when Putin appointed him as the First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia.

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33. In October 2003 Dmitry Medvedev replaced Alexander Voloshin as presidential chief of staff.

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34. Dmitry Medvedev headed Russia's negotiations with Ukraine and Belarus during gas price disputes.

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35. Dmitry Medvedev appointed Medvedev Chairman of gas company Gazprom's board of directors in 2000 with Alexei Miller.

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36. In November 1993 Dmitry Medvedev became the legal affairs director of Ilim Pulp Enterprise, a St Petersburg-based timber company.

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37. In 1988, Dmitry Medvedev joined Sobchak's team of democrats and served as the de facto head of Sobchak's successful campaign for a seat in the new Soviet parliament, the Congress of People's Deputies of the USSR.

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38. In 1990, Dmitry Medvedev defended his dissertation titled, "Problems of Realisation of Civil Juridical Personality of State Enterprise" and received his Candidate of Sciences degree in private law.

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39. Dmitry Medvedev graduated from the Law Department of Leningrad State University in 1987.

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40. Dmitry Medvedev was born on 14 September 1965 in Leningrad, in the Soviet Union.

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