Is This Really Dmitry Medvedev?

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?

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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.

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Another photo of the same photoshoot shows the same punk without his jacket. Here we hardly find any similarity with Medvedev. This could be anybody here!

The author of this fine shot is the legendary Russian photographer Igor Moukhin and it was taken in Moscow in 1986. That is all we know.

And it 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 that however it is probably not him. But it was too late. The story was too good and people wanted to believe it!

So it went viral.

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Here is what Medvedev really looked like in the past

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Доверяй, но проверяй!* 

 

igormukhin.com

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yaplakal.com

 

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