Russian President Dmitry Medvedev turns 45

Dmitry Medvedev would celebrate his b`day with family away from the vanity of the capital.

Updated: Sep 14, 2010, 17:49 PM IST

Moscow: Russian President Dmitry
Medvedev, who turned 45 on Tuesday, would be celebrating his
birthday with family away from the vanity of the capital.

On the eve of his birthday, Medvedev arrived in the
Black Sea resort of Sochi on a working visit and has no public
engagements for today, `Rossiya 24` channel reported quoting
Kremlin sources.

Medvedev became the youngest head of Russian state in
over 100 years when he assumed the top Kremlin job in May 2008
at the age of 42. He still remains among the five youngest
heads of states and governments in the world along with
British Prime Minister David Cameron.

According to Newsru website, top bureaucrats panicked
by Medvedev`s anti-corruption drive are afraid to give him
expensive birthday present.

Governor of Kirov region Nikita Belykh said he will
send birthday greetings to Medvedev on twitter and `work
harder`.

Firebrand leader of ultra-nationalist LDPR Vladimir
Zhirinovsky said he will send birthday greetings to Medvedev
by telegram on behalf of his party, but no birthday present as
his party was in opposition.

However, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has already
picked a gift for Medvedev. "It would be a surprise," Putin`s
spokesman said.

Meanwhile, popular weekly `Ogonyok` has published an
article based on Medvedev`s quotes and has highlighted the one
in which the Russian president says that in the years of power
he has not become a `political animal` addicted to publicity.

Medvedev, who had launched a drive to humanise the
Russian legislative system in the wake of several high profile
custodial deaths, on the eve of his birthday has sent a bill
to the Parliament allowing release of terminally ill suspects
from pre-trial detention centres on bail.

PTI