Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
In his youth, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev poses rebelliously. It's disputed that this picture actually depicts Medvedev (it's difficult to verify with the sunglasses, but the face shape lends the theory credence.
“I’ve never tried to measure myself on any scale. A person is more multifaceted than the label they often get stuck with.” Refusing to box himself in as one particular label, Dmitry Medvedev has plenty of people willing to do it for him as Russia’s current Prime Minister. In fact, he’s faced ongoing criticism as a corrupt politician and has even been labeled a wild card after one image from his youth surfaced that depicted him as a rebellious punk—leather jacket and all! So, what’s the truth behind the photo and the 53-year-old Russian Prime Minister? Let’s find out!
The Truth Behind the Photo
While many assume that the man pictured in the photo is Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev around the age of 21, that doesn’t seem to be the case. At least that’s not what one Russian historian discovered when he tracked down the original image taken by legendary Russian photographer Igor Moukhin. On his search for the truth, the historian found a second image from the photoshoot featuring three young men dressed like punks in leather jackets and t-shirts. The image, which was taken in Moscow in 1986, features the same young man who many assume is Medvedev. But that’s all we know. So, why did people assume the young punk was Medvedev?
In January 2014, the famous journalist Serguei Parkhomenko shared the image on his Facebook page with the caption “Dima is only 21 here.” Although he never directly mentioned the Prime Minister, many assumed it was Medvedev thanks to the shared similarities from the shape of the face to the square shoulders. While most people knew that it likely wasn’t Medvedev, it was far too late as the post went viral and the world gladly assumed Medvedev enjoyed a punk-style youth before he assumed power in Russia.
Dmitry Medvedev: Life and Influence
“Any politician to a certain degree is a mentor. They preach something.” The son of a chemical engineer and language professor, Dmitry Medvedev was born on September 14, 1965, in Leningrad in the Soviet Union. As an only child, he spent much of his free time reading and studying, proving to be a stellar student who was passionate about dinosaurs, chemistry, and sports. He enrolled at Leningrad State University in 1982 and briefly considered studying language before he decided to study law, which showcased his talents as a natural orator and debater. Beyond school, he spent his free time listening to English rock bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin as well as participating in sports like weightlifting and rowing.
After five years, Medvedev graduated with his law degree in 1987 and considered joining the prosecutor’s office before he accepted an opportunity to serve as the civil law chair in the graduate program. During this time, he defended his dissertation and earned his graduate degree. He accepted a position as Chairman of the Leningrad City Council in the early 1990s and worked his way up in the government while teaching civil and Roman law at St. Petersburg State University.
With his career flourishing, Medvedev built a stellar reputation in Russia and was Vladimir Putin’s campaign manager during the 2000 Presidential election. When Putin won the election, he appointed Medvedev to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom, which was a stellar move as Medvedev restructured the company’s debts and fostered widespread economic growth. His success in this role earned him an appointment as First Deputy Prime Minister in 2003, which sealed his fate in Russian politics as he was later named Person of the Year by Expert magazine in 2005 and was the name to watch for the 2008 presidential election.
Thanks to his widespread popularity, Medvedev was a natural successor for Putin who proudly endorsed him saying, “I am confident that he will be a good president and an effective manager. But besides other things, there is this personal chemistry: I trust him. I just trust him.” That endorsement did wonders for Medvedev’s campaign as he was elected President of Russia on March 2, 2008. “I believe my most important aims will be to protect civil and economic freedoms,” he said during his inauguration. “We must fight for a true respect of the law and overcome legal nihilism, which seriously hampers modern development.”
Despite being more liberal than Putin, Medvedev’s tenure in office was met with high praise as he modernized the Russian economy and put numerous treaties and programs in effect. He oversaw the victorious Russo-Georgian War and aided Russian in recovering from the Great Recession as he personally fought off rumors of his own corruption. These successes earned him even greater praise from Putin and the rest of the country as he wrapped up his tenure in office in May 2012 and was nominated to the office of Prime Minister by Putin himself.
As Prime Minister, Medvedev presided over tough legislation throughout his first term. He faced each obstacle with poise and diplomacy, which garnered him a second nomination to the office in May 2018.
Apart from his role in Russia’s political arena, the 53-year-old Medvedev faced a wave of criticism in 2014 when journalist Serguei Parkhomenko posted an image on Facebook with a caption that alluded that the young punk was a 21-year-old Medvedev. Although the truth later came out that the man in the photograph wasn’t Medvedev, there are those who refuse to believe it isn’t the Prime Minister in his youth especially since he’s a fan of hard rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink, Floyd, and Deep Purple.
When he isn’t caught in the media’s crosshairs, Medvedev lives a quiet life with his wife, Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva, who was his childhood friend and sweetheart. They married in 1982 and welcomed a son, Ilya Dmitrevich Medvedev, into the world in 1995. While his life in the spotlight certainly takes up a lot of his time, Medvedev carves out time for himself and spends an hour each morning and evening in the swimming pool and gym. He also jogs, practices yoga, and plays chess in addition to spending quiet time reading favorites like Harry Potter. Whoever thought the Russian Prime Minister would be a J.K. Rowling fan or an avid swimmer?