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Dmitry Medvedev
DMITRY ANATOLYEVICH MEDVEDEV (/mɪdˈvɛdɪf/ ) (Russian : Дми́трий Анато́льевич Медве́дев, tr. Dmitriy Anatolyevich Medvedev; IPA: ( listen ), born 14 September 1965) is a Russian politician, currently the Prime Minister
Prime Minister
of Russia . From 2008 to 2012, Medvedev served as the third President of Russia
Russia
. Born to a family of academics, Medvedev graduated from the Leningrad State University Law Department in 1987. Medvedev defended his dissertation in 1990, and worked as a docent at his alma mater, now renamed the Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
State University , where he taught Civil and Roman Law until 1999. Medvedev's political career began as the Election Campaign Manager, and later as an adviser of the St. Petersburg Mayor, Anatoly Sobchak . During this time, Medvedev befriended Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

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Saint Petersburg State University
SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY (SPBSU, Russian : Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет, СПбГУ) is a Russian federal state-owned higher education institution based in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
. It is the oldest and one of the largest universities in Russia. It is made up of 24 specialized faculties and institutes, the Faculty of Military Studies, the Academic Gymnasium, the Medical College, the College of Physical culture and Sports, Economics and Technology and the Department of Physical Culture and Sports. The university has two primary campuses : one on Vasilievsky Island and the other in Peterhof . During the Soviet period , it was known as LENINGRAD STATE UNIVERSITY (Russian : Ленинградский государственный университет). It was named after Andrei Zhdanov in 1948
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Deputy Prime Minister
A DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER or VICE PRIME MINISTER is, in some countries, a government minister who can take the position of acting prime minister when the prime minister is temporarily absent. The position is often likened to that of a vice president , but is significantly different even though both positions are "number two" offices. The position of deputy prime minister should not be confused with the Canadian Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister of Canada
Canada
, a nonpolitical civil servant position. Also, the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Canada
does not act as a "number two". The states of Australia
Australia
and provinces of Canada
Canada
each have the analogous office of deputy premier
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Russian Nationality
CITIZENSHIP OF RUSSIA is regulated by the federal act regarding citizenship of the Russian Federation (of 2002, with the amendments of 2003, 2004, 2006), Constitution of the Russian Federation (of 1993), and the international treaties that cover citizenship questions to which the Russian Federation is a party. In accordance with the supremacy clause of the Constitution, international treaties of the Russian Federation have precedence over Russian domestic law
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Romanization Of Russian
ROMANIZATION OF THE RUSSIAN ALPHABET is the process of transliterating the Russian language
Russian language
from the Cyrillic script into the Latin alphabet . As well as its primary use for citing Russian names and words in languages which use the Latin alphabet, romanization is also essential for computer users to input Russian text who either do not have a keyboard or word processor set up for inputting Cyrillic, or else are not capable of typing rapidly using a native Russian keyboard layout ( JCUKEN ). In the latter case, they would type using a system of transliteration fitted for their keyboard layout , such as for English QWERTY
QWERTY
keyboards, and then use an automated tool to convert the text into Cyrillic
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Alma Mater
ALMA MATER ( Latin
Latin
: alma "nourishing/kind", mater "mother"; pl. almae matres) is an allegorical Latin
Latin
phrase for a university or college . In modern usage, it is a school or university which an individual has attended, or a song or hymn associated with a school . The phrase is variously translated as "nourishing mother", "nursing mother", or "fostering mother", suggesting that a school provides intellectual nourishment to its students. Fine arts will often depict educational institutions using a robed woman as a visual metaphor. Before its modern usage, Alma mater
Alma mater
was an honorific title for various Latin
Latin
mother goddesses , especially Ceres or Cybele , and later in Catholicism for the Virgin Mary
Virgin Mary

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Russian Presidential Election, 2000
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
Independent ELECTED PRESIDENT Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
Independent PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS were held in Russia
Russia
on 26 March 2000. Incumbent Prime Minister and acting President Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
, who had succeeded Boris Yeltsin on his resignation on 31 December 1999, was seeking a four-year term in his own right and won the elections in the first round
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Communist Party Of The Soviet Union
The COMMUNIST PARTY OF THE SOVIET UNION (Russian : Коммунистическая партия Советского Союза (КПСС), Kommunisticheskaya partiya Sovetskogo Soyuza), abbreviated in English as CPSU, was the founding and ruling political party of the Union of Soviet
Soviet
Socialist Republics (USSR or Soviet Union). The CPSU was the sole governing party of the Soviet
Soviet
Union until 1990, when the Congress of People\'s Deputies modified the article of the constitution which had granted the CPSU a monopoly over the political system. The party was founded in 1912 by the Bolsheviks (a faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party ), a revolutionary group led by Vladimir Lenin which seized power in the aftermath of the October Revolution of 1917
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Soviet Union
The SOVIET UNION (Russian : Сове́тский Сою́з, tr. Sovétsky Soyúz, IPA: ( listen )), officially the UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS (Russian : Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик, tr. Soyúz Sovétskikh Sotsialistícheskikh Respúblik, IPA: ( listen )), abbreviated as the USSR (Russian : СССР, tr. SSSR), was a socialist state in Eurasia
Eurasia
that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple national Soviet republics , its government and economy were highly centralized . The country was a one-party state , governed by the Communist Party with Moscow
Moscow
as its capital in its largest republic, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic . The Russian nation had constitutionally equal status among the many nations of the union but exerted de facto dominance in various respects
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Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic
The RUSSIAN SOVIET FEDERATIVE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC (RUSSIAN SFSR or RSFSR; Russian : Российская Советская Федеративная Социалистическая Республика, tr. Rossiyskaya Sovetskaya Federativnaya Sotsialisticheskaya Respublika listen (help ·info )), also known as SOVIET RUSSIA or RUSSIA (/ˈrʌʃə/ ( listen ); Russian : Росси́я, tr. Rossija; IPA: ; from the Greek : Ρωσία — Rus\' ), was a sovereign state from 1917 to 1922, and afterwards the largest, most populous, and most economically developed republic of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1991 and then a sovereign part of the Soviet Union with its own legislation in 1990–91. The Republic comprised sixteen autonomous republics , five autonomous oblasts , ten autonomous okrugs , six krais , and forty oblasts . Russians formed the largest ethnic group
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Leningrad State University
SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY (SPBSU, Russian : Санкт-Петербургский государственный университет, СПбГУ) is a Russian federal state-owned higher education institution based in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
. It is the oldest and one of the largest universities in Russia. It is made up of 24 specialized faculties and institutes, the Faculty of Military Studies, the Academic Gymnasium, the Medical College, the College of Physical culture and Sports, Economics and Technology and the Department of Physical Culture and Sports. The university has two primary campuses : one on Vasilievsky Island and the other in Peterhof . During the Soviet period , it was known as LENINGRAD STATE UNIVERSITY (Russian : Ленинградский государственный университет). It was named after Andrei Zhdanov in 1948
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Russian Language
RUSSIAN (Russian: ру́сский язы́к, tr. rússkiy yazýk) is an East Slavic language and an official language in Russia
Russia
, Belarus
Belarus
, Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
and many minor or unrecognised territories throughout Eurasia
Eurasia
(particularity in Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe
, the Baltics , the Caucasus
Caucasus
, and Central Asia
Central Asia
). It is an unofficial but widely spoken language in Latvia
Latvia
, Moldova
Moldova
, Ukraine
Ukraine
and to a lesser extent, the other post-Soviet states
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Great Recession
The GREAT RECESSION was a period of general economic decline observed in world markets during the late 2000s and early 2010s. The scale and timing of the recession varied from country to country. In terms of overall impact, the International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
concluded that it was the worst global recession since the 1930s. The causes of the recession largely originated in the United States, particularly related to the real-estate market, though choices made by other nations contributed as well. According to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (the official arbiter of U.S. recessions) the recession, as experienced in that country, began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, thus extending over 19 months. The Great Recession was related to the financial crisis of 2007–08 and U.S. subprime mortgage crisis of 2007–09
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Surname
A SURNAME, FAMILY NAME, or LAST NAME is the portion of a personal name that indicates a person's family (or tribe or community, depending on the culture). Depending on the culture all members of a family unit may have identical surnames or there may be variations based on the cultural rules. In the English-speaking world
English-speaking world
, a surname is commonly referred to as a last name because it is usually placed at the end of a person's full name, after any given names. In many parts of Asia, as well as some parts of Europe
Europe
and Africa, the family name is placed before a person's given name. In most Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking countries, two surnames are commonly used and in some families that claim a connection to nobility even three are used. Surnames have not always existed and today are not universal in all cultures. This tradition has arisen separately in different cultures around the world
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Patronymic
A PATRONYM, or PATRONYMIC, is a component of a personal name based on the given name of one's father, grandfather (i.e., an AVONYMIC), or an even earlier male ancestor. A component of a name based on the name of one's mother or a female ancestor is a matronymic . Each is a means of conveying lineage . In such instances, a person is usually referred to by their given name , rather than their patronymic. Patronymics are still in use, including mandatory use, in many countries worldwide, although their use has largely been replaced by or transformed into patronymic surnames . Examples of such transformations include common English surnames such as Johnson
Johnson
(son of John)
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Eastern Slavic Naming Customs
EASTERN SLAVIC NAMING CUSTOMS are the traditional ways of determining a person's name in countries influenced by East Slavic languages , mainly Russia
Russia
, Belarus
Belarus
, Ukraine
Ukraine
, and some South Slavic nations, including Bulgaria
Bulgaria
, Serbia
Serbia
, and Macedonia . They are also featured in the non-Slavic Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
, Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
, and Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan
as a result of the expansion of Russia
Russia
and Russification
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