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Stilleto-heeled Svetlana to be Russia's new First Lady

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      PROFILE: Stilleto-heeled Svetlana to be Russia's new First Lady

      Mar 3, 2008, 15:01 GMT

      Moscow - When Svetlana Medvedeva showed up to vote in Russia's
      presidential elections Sunday together with her husband Dmitry, her
      stiletto-heeled shoes revealed her soft spot for expensive clothing.

      Now, Russian media report say, Russia's future First Lady - at the
      side of Dmitry who easily won Sunday's election as outgoing president
      Vladimir Putin's hand-picked successor - has already upgraded her
      wardrobe in preparing for a role like that of the late Jackie
      Kennedy, wife of late US President John F. Kennedy.

      And only a few people in Moscow believe that Svetlana, the daughter
      of a soldier, will stay out of the public limelight as discretely as
      did Lyudmila Putina, Vladimir Putin's wife.

      An economist by academic training, Medvedeva is described in the
      magazine Expert as being 'strong and imperious,' a person who can put
      even her husband in the shadows.

      'Her charm helps her to establish contacts which her husband then
      makes use of,' commented political scientist Stanislav Belkovski
      about the statuesque blonde.

      Till now, Dmitry Medvedev had mainly appeared alone in public, while
      Svetlana involved herself in the issue of the spiritual and ethical
      situation of Russia's youth - an endeavour for which she had the
      blessing of Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Alexi II.

      Dimitry and Svetlana have known each other since the first grade in
      school. Media reports say Dimitry was in love for many years with
      Svetlana, who was popular with everyone. The couple married in their
      home city of Leningrad - now St. Petersburg - in 1989. They have a
      son, Ilya, born in 1996.

      Born sometime in 1965, Svetlana's exact age is guarded like a state secret.

      But, as her husband continued his rise up the political ladder,
      Svetlana was happy to enter the celebrity circles of Russia's show
      business crowd. Among her friends are pop diva Alla Pugachova and
      star fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin.

      As First Lady, Medvedeva will probably be trying to set the tone in
      the country's fashion scene, Expert magazine said.

      'At political receptions, from now on we will be seeing the latest
      creations by Yudashkin,' it predicted. And, the magazine said, the
      future presidential wife might also be encouraged to show off her
      cleavage a bit more generously.
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