Doveryai, no poveryai!* (Trust, but verify)
This photo here, about a young punk showing his tongue and looking naughty, has gone viral already a long time ago. It is supposed to be the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev aged 21. Is that really him?
The answer is: probably not.
After doing some research, I was able to track down the origin of the photo and the source of the myth about him being Medvedev.
The photo went viral after Serguei Parkhomenko, the famous journalist from Echo Moskvy shared it on his Facebook page without ever mentioning Medvedev’s name but hinting that “Dima is only 21 here”. There is a great similarity, the shoulders and the shape of the face, but most people agreed in the following discussion thread, however, that it is probably not Medvedev.
But that time it was already too late. The story was too good and people wanted to believe it!
So it went viral.
Here is what Medvedev really looked like in his youth
Доверяй, но проверяй!*