Svetlana Medvedeva

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Svetlana Medvedeva
Светлана Медведева
Svetlana Medvedeva Portrait2.jpg
Second Lady of Russia
Assumed office
8 May 2012
Prime MinisterDmitry Medvedev
Preceded byLyudmila Putina
First Lady of Russia
In role
7 May 2008 – 7 May 2012
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded byLyudmila Putina
Succeeded byLyudmila Putina
Personal details
Svetlana Vladimirovna Linnik

(1965-03-15) 15 March 1965 (age 54)
Kronstadt, Leningrad, Soviet Union (now Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Dmitry Medvedev (m. 1993)
Alma materSaint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance

Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva (Russian: Светла́на Влади́мировна Медве́дева, pronounced [svʲɪˈtlanə vləˈdʲimʲɪrəvnə mʲɪdˈvʲedʲɪvə]; née Linnik, Russian: Линник; born 15 March 1965) is the wife of current Russian Prime Minister and former President, Dmitry Medvedev.

Early years[edit]

Svetlana Linnik was born into a military family in Kronstadt, a town administered by Leningrad. Medvedeva was the youngest child in her family.

Svetlana with her husband, Dmitry

Medvedeva was active in extracurricular activities in school, and took an active part in school-held KVNs, spectacles, performances and other events. Medvedeva met her future husband in Middle School #305, in Kupchino [ru], near Leningrad.[1]

In 1987, Medvedeva began studying at the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance. In her first year at the university, Medvedeva switched to taking evening courses and started working full-time.[1] The Medvedevs married in 1993, after they had completed their studies. In 1995, Medvedeva gave birth to their son, Ilya, and stopped working. In the same year, Medvedeva was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church.

Political activity[edit]

After the couple moved to Moscow, Medvedeva directed several Russian-Italian initiatives, Sister cities MilanSaint Petersburg and VeniceSaint Petersburg, which intended to develop tourism between these cities.[1] In 2006, Medvedeva initiated the annual Russian Art Festival in Bari, Italy.[2]

Svetlana Medvedeva at 34th G8 Summit

Medvedeva became First Lady when her husband, Dmitry Medvedev, took over as President following his victory in Russian Presidential elections on 7 May 2008. In the same year, Medvedeva headed the initiative for the institution of Family Day in Russia. Medvedeva has already caused something of a media frenzy, even though she shies away from photographers and rarely gives interviews.[3] Medvedeva currently chairs the management council of multitier program Spiritual and moral culture of younger generation of Russia created with blessing of Alexy II of Moscow.[4] In an interview, Medvedeva detailed her views on the interaction between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Government of Russia in promoting family policies.[5] Medvedeva has taken up the pro-life cause in Russia's efforts to restrict abortion in 2011.[6]

Medvedeva is one of the leading figures of restricting the freedom of religion in Russia."forum18".

On 20 August 2010, Medvedeva visited the National Gallery and the History Museum of Armenia, along with visiting the Armenian First Lady, Rita Sargsyan. Together they admired the works of various painters, including Ivan Aivazovsky, Vardges Surenyants, Gevorg Bashinjaghyan, and Panos Terlemezyan. Following the exhibition, the Armenian First Lady showed her a 5500-year-old shoe, which was discovered in 2008 in the Vayots Dzor Province.[7]

Medvedeva is a pro-life activist, and has been pushing for restrictions on abortion.[6]


On 24 December 1993[8][9] Svetlana married Dmitry Medvedev. The son Ilya Medvedev was born on 3 August 1995.[9]


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  2. ^ "Biography / Diary". S. Medvedeva. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  3. ^ Ferris-Rotman, Amie (5 March 2008). "Enter Russia's new first lady – Svetlana Medvedeva". Reuters. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Gloria Mundi. Светлана Владимировна Медведева". Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  5. ^ Goble, Paul (8 July 2009). "Russia's First Lady Promotes Orthodox Family Values". Georgian Daily. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  6. ^ a b Sophia Kishkovsky (15 July 2011). "Russia Enacts Law Opposing Abortion". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.
  7. ^ "5500-old shoe shown to Svetlana Medvedeva". 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  8. ^ 5 фактов о Светлане Медведевой Archived 2010-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ a b Биография С. Медведевой на личном сайте мужа 1 сентября 2009