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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Medvedev Shows Off His Own Photos

Presidential Press Service / APMedvedeva, who now has a page on the Kremlin web site, visiting Moscow’s Marfo-Mariinsky Convent on Tuesday.

President Dmitry Medvedev revealed a taste for amateur photography Tuesday as the Kremlin web site opened in a new updated ­version, including his shots of snowy landscapes and traffic policemen.

His wife, Svetlana, also increased her profile with her own page, titled “Spouse’s Notebook” at

The photographs posted by Medvedev at show a reflective side and love of nature. A winter album shows snowy mountaintops and red deer, while a summer album has pictures of sunsets, rocky cliffs and catkins.

In several photographs, Medvedev looks down from windows to photograph ordinary people unaware of his presence. Children play in a kindergarten and two traffic policemen stand on a street in fur hats.

The photographs were praised by the state-owned Vesti channel. “All the photographs, although they weren’t shot by a professional photographer, can hardly be called amateur,” it reported.

The Kremlin web site says that Medvedev has promised to add new photographs.

His wife’s page is also still under development. So far, it contains only a brief biography and official news reports.

Medvedeva’s most public activity to date has been organizing an annual Day of Family, Love and Fidelity, which falls on a Russian Orthodox saints’ day.

More information will likely be added to the page, a Kremlin spokeswoman said Tuesday. She could not confirm whether Medvedeva would start a video blog like her husband.

The Kremlin on Tuesday also announced its new page on YouTube, which will duplicate Medvedev’s video blogs. The videos are already available on a LiveJournal community,

On Tuesday, Medvedev posted a new video blog for the first day back at school. He called for tolerance between Russia’s various ethnic groups, referring to military leaders in the Napoleonic Wars and World War II and the various ethnic groups that supported South Ossetia in the conflict with Georgia last year.

Medvedeva visited a school run by the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow’s Marfo-Mariinsky Convent, handing children chocolate and a book about the Kremlin, Interfax reported.