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Kids, Meet Your President A website for Russian kids to learn all about President Medvedev's passion for school, sports and family.
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Kids, Meet Your President
Yasha Levine ( Email ) on May 22, 2008

Dmitri Medvedev is in Kazakhastan today to meet and greet the government of Nursultan Nazarbayev and, among other things, start talks about a new space port the Kazakhs are gonna build for Russia. See, while impoverished America is lagging on its space program, Russia is busy expanding its space operations, and in a few years is going to be the only country ferrying cosmonauts to and from space. Isn’t that exciting? You know what else is exciting? A new website set up by the presidential administration to help Russian kids get to know their new prez. It's called "Uznai Prezidenta" (get to know the president) and you can find it here:

Russian kids can pick from three different virtual guides to show them around the flash-savvy site: a skinny 11-year-old straight-A student whose hobbies include collecting stamps, playing chess and poetry; a chubby 11-year-old  average performer who likes fishing, soccer and skating; and a 10-year-old perfectionist girl who likes to meet interesting people and loves kittens. The guides test kids' knowledge of Russia's Sovereign Democracy and give them a chance to ask the president some very personal questions, to which he gives rather candid answers. Here's a sample:

Were you a good student?

In elementary school, I was a straight-A student. After that, not quite. But then, I studied not all that bad.

Were you late to school?

Of course. But not every day.

Did you fight as a child often?

This happened sometimes.

What is your wife's name and what does she do?

Svetlana Vladimirovna is her name. She raises our son, takes care of the household. I sometimes helps. She was educated as an economist.

You punish your children for getting Ds?

No. I am a parent-humanist. For Ds, I give my son candy (a joke, of course).

Do you have your own car?

Now I do not use my own car. I ride in a government car along with my guards. I have to do this, but it would be cool to run away somewhere. 

Where are you going to work when you are no longer president?

Haven't thought of that yet. First take a rest, probably.

The virtual guides also let kids flip through the official presidential photo album, which contains photographic evidence of Medvedev enjoying the three pillars of Putin's Plan: work, family and sports.

"The future President of Russia in grade school."

The top heading reads: "Sports (you need to stay in shape)." The pic on the right shows Medvedv tearing up a green square run in Sochi right after winning the election.

The president spends time with his wife (left) and even finds time in his busy schedule to teach his son the importance of athletics (right).

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Scanning Moscows Traffic Cops
Automotive Section
We’re happy to introduce a new column in which we publish Moscow’s raw radio communications, courtesy of a Russian amateur radio enthusiast. This issue, eXile readers are given a peek into the secret conversations of Moscow’s traffic police, the notorious "GAIshniki."

Eleven Years of Threats: The eXile's Incredible Journey
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Your Letters
Russia's freedom-loving free market martyr Mikhail Khodorkovsky answers some of this week's letters, and he's got nothing but praise for President Medvedev.

Clubbing Adventures Through Time
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The Fortnight Spin
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Your Letters
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