Dmitry Medvedev

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Dmitry Medvedev and the Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar

Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev[1] born September 14, 1965) is the Prime Minister of Russia, inaugurated on May 8, 2012. He won the presidential election held on March 2 2008 with about 70% of the vote. He was president until 2012 when Putin succeded him.

Medvedev was appointed first deputy prime minister of the Russian government on November 14, 2005. Formerly Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, he was also the Chairman of Gazprom's board of directors, a post he had held, for the second time, since 2000. On December 10, 2007, he was informally endorsed as a candidate for the forthcoming presidential elections by the largest Russian political party, United Russia, and officially endorsed on December 17, 2007. Medvedev's candidacy was supported by former President Vladimir Putin and pro-presidential parties.[2] A technocrat and political appointee, Medvedev had never held elective office before 2008.

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