Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev is a Russian politician, state monopoly businessman, and lawyer. He is expected to win the scheduled presidential election in the Russian Federation on March 2, 2008.
He was appointed first deputy prime minister of the Russian government on November 14, 2005. Formerly Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, he is also the Chairman of Gazprom's board of directors, a post he has held (for the second time) since 2000. On December 10, 2007, he was informally endorsed as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections by the largest Russian political party, United Russia, and officially endorsed on December 17, 2007. Medvedev's candidacy is supported by incumbent president Vladimir Putin and pro-presidential parties. A technocrat and political appointee, Medvedev has never held elective office.
Dmitry Medvedev is married and has a son named Ilya (b. 1996). His wife, Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva née Linnik, was both his childhood friend and school sweetheart. They wed several years after their graduation from secondary school in 1982.