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PM Medvedev reaches 1 million ‘likes’ on Facebook

Published time: June 08, 2013 08:38
A screenshot from facebook

A screenshot from facebook

The Facebook page of the premier of the Russian government has reached the landmark of 1 million ‘likes.' Dmitry Medvedev said the result is due to Russians' genuine interest in the work of their government.

“Thanks to everyone who takes interest in the work of the government. Your opinion is very important to me and my team,” Prime Minister Medvedev wrote in a recent Facebook post.

In a short video address the PM posted on his Facebook – with one million ‘likes’ shown as the background – Medvedev said it is important the government maintain a presence on social networks. During his presidency, Medvedev pioneered the idea of "Internet government" as a way of encouraging “true democracy” in Russia.

“We can get a quick response to any of our decisions or actions – and we actually do receive it. We can listen to your remarks and wishes, discuss something. We always tried to do it that way, but with the social networks in place it has become much easier – and also more difficult, because comments are so numerous,” Medvedev said.

“I do personally check out your comments and try to reply to some of them – when I have time. So please do write [to us], speak out, share your observations: we’ve got to help each other to keep the track of events,” he added.

Medvedev is known for his love of gadgets and new media: He maintains accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and also on both of Russia’s biggest social networks, VKontakte ('in contact') and Odnoklassniki ('classmates').

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev makes a video blog post at the presidential residence in Gorki, outside of Moscow, on November 2, 2008. (AFP Photo / Dmitry Astashov)

In October 2012, Medvedev welcomed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to his governmental residence in Gorki near Moscow. The American guest presented Medvedev with a white t-shirt emblazoned with the address of Medvedev’s Facebook page.

The Russian PM – and former president – has still some way to go: the Facebook page of US President Barack Obama boasts more than 35 million likes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has never expressed a particular interest in social networks, though there are other politicians in Moscow working to forge closer ties with the electorate through the web. 

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (L) receives a T-shirt as a present from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (R) during their meeting at the Gorki residence outside Moscow, on October 1, 2012. (AFP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Comments (14)

Anonymous user 17.06.2013 17:14

Bravo PM Medvedev! Hi from South Africa, don't care who knows it! Both u & Pres Putin are winners!

Anonymous user 09.06.2013 14:10

Ignorant so-called use Facebook. Using Facebook to what purpose. Never use that spy ( CIA) machine

Anonymous user 09.06.2013 14:06

If Medvedev was President Syria will be destroyed long time ago. Look Libya. Where is McCain

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