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5 Facts about Dmitry Medvedev

14. September 2011 by Michelle 0 Comments

Dmitry Medvedev, Russian President and Birthday Boy

When Dmitry Medvedev was elected President of the Russian Federation in 2008, he became one of the five youngest chiefs of state. Today, the President turns one year older and he’s celebrating his 46th birthday in Moscow with his family.


Most people know about his professional life and political views, but do you know these five fun facts about his personal life?


Only child

He was born in Leningrad and lived with his parents in a tiny apartment in the Kupchino district. He was his parents’ only child and spent much of his childhood obsessed with books. He even studied the 10-volume Small Soviet Encyclopedia when he was in the third grade.


Family of teachers

His intelligence came as no surprise, as both his mother and father were teachers. Anatoly was an expert in chemical processing and taught at the Leningrad State Institute of Technology, while Yulia taught Russian at Herzen State Pedagogical University. Once Dmitry graduated, he taught civil and roman law at Saint Petersburg State University.


Married his school sweetheart

Even though Dmitry was fiercely focused on his studies, he became romantically involved with Svetlana Linnik in the seventh grade. He has admitted that the relationship put a strain on his school work, but he managed to separate his personal and academic lives. He married Svetlana several years after graduating from secondary school in 1982 and they are still together today.


Loves British hard rock

Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, and Deep Purple are Dmitry’s favorite bands. He has a collection of vinyl records which began when he was very young, despite the bands being on the state-issued blacklist at the time.


Name means bear

The Russian word “medved” means “bear”, so Dmitry’s last name, Medvedev, means “descendant of an ancestor named Bear.” He’s often associated with satirical writings and cartoons of bears, but Dmitry takes no offense to the phenomenon.


Happy birthday Dmitry Medvedev!