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Medvedev ok with people calling him Dimon on Web

by RIA NovostiThe Moscow News at 22/05/2013 12:21

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he was not offended when web users called him by the vernacular diminutive of his name, ‘Dimon.’

“To tell you the truth it does not offend me at all. There are things that I do not like. It is understandable. But it is absolutely normal and human when I am called Dimon on the Internet,” Medvedev said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda published on Wednesday morning.

Russians traditionally address their elders and superiors by their first name and patronymic.

“So what is wrong with Dimon? This is how I was called in my childhood. It is all trivial,” Medvedev added.

In March, Medvedev’s spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said in an interview with Golos Rossii (Voice of Russia) that web-users should not get too familiar with the prime minister. “He’s not Dimon to you - he’s the head of the government,” she said.

An hour after a transcript of her interview was published, #Dimon and #Don’tCryDimon began trending on Russian Twitter.

During his four-year stint as president between 2008 and 2012, Medvedev sought to demonstrate his high-tech credentials by actively engaging with social media. He has accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and helped mastermind the Skolkovo innovation complex, dubbed Russia’s “Silicon Valley.”

Often, however, Medvedev became the object of irreverent jokes among the online community.

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