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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Obama Praises Medvedev’s Teen Son

President Barack Obama gave President Dmitry Medvedev a morning-after thumbs-up Tuesday for their dinner the previous evening at the Medvedev’s home outside Moscow.

“I had a great time last night, and Michelle had a wonderful time,” the U.S. president told Medvedev. “And we very much enjoyed meeting your son. He’s a good young man.”

What Obama probably didn’t realize is that he is among the very few to have met or even seen Medvedev’s son, Ilya, a young teen. The one or two photographs that have appeared in the Russian press have not shown his face.

Ilya, an only child, lives a much more secluded life than Obama’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, whose every public move is the subject of endless fascination. He does not appear in public with his parents, and people know little about him, not even where he goes to school.