The BBC has noted that Dmitry Medvedv was ?the country?s first leader in decades with no known links either to the former Soviet Communist party or secret services?? According to RussiaProfile.org, ?Medvedev is shorter than his potential predecessor, Putin, at 5 feet, 4 inches. He swims nearly one mile, twice a day?? Dmitry Medvedev and his wife, Svetlana, have one child, Ilya (b. 1996)? The Russian constitution bars presidents from serving three consecutive terms, but it does not prevent former two-term presidents from running again later? Medvedev is reportedly a longtime fan of Led Zeppelin and other classic rock groups? Leningrad State University is now St. Petersburg State University; the city was renamed after the fall of the Soviet Union.
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