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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: Politican, Statesman, Blogger?

17. September 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

In a move to embrace technology, openness and differentiate his regime from that of his predecessor Vladmir Putin, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took a page out of the books of Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and opened the Russian Government’s first Video Blog.

Offering a level of access unlike any of his predecessors, President Medvedev’s video blogs have covered a wide range of subjects the President feels are important for him to address in the public forum: technology development, World politics, history and even Ukrainian/Russian relations in the 21st century. Often referred to as “open letters” in the media -- especially recently during his harsh criticism of Ukraine’s governmental regime -- the video blog has been a popular addition to the Kremlin’s website which has recently received a total overhaul in addition to their own Youtube channel.

In addition to kremlin.ru and the Youtube channel, the Russian Government has also set up a Livejournal feed for the video blog which boasts over 10,000 members.