Here's a look at the life of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia.
Personal: Birth date: September 14, 1965
Birth place: Leningrad, U.S.S.R. (now St. Petersburg, Russia)
Birth name: Dmitry Anatolyvich Medvedev
Father: Anatoly, a chemistry professor.
Mother: Yulia, professor of Russian and tour guide
Marriage: Svetlana (Linnik) Medvedeva (1989 - present)
Children: Ilya, 1996
Education: Leningrad State University, law degree, 1987; Leningrad State University, Ph.D. in law, 1990
Religion: Russian Orthodox
Other Facts: Grew up listening to black-market copies of seventies rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.
During college worked in construction and as a street cleaner
Timeline: 1990-1999 - Teaches law at Leningrad State/St. Petersburg State University.
1990-1999 - Private law practice
1991-1995 - Works as a legal consultant to the St. Petersburg office of external affairs. The office is headed by Vladimir Putin.
1999 - Deputy Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
2000 - Runs Putin's election campaign.
2000-2001 and 2002-2008 - Chairman of Gazprom, a state-run natural gas monopoly.
2003-2005 - President Putin's chief of staff.
2005-2008 - First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
December 10, 2007 - Putin endorses Medvedev's nomination as the United Russia Party's candidate for the 2008 presidential elections.
December 11, 2007 - Says he will name Putin as his prime minister if elected.
March 2, 2008 - Is elected president of Russia with an estimated 70 percent of the vote.
May 7, 2008 - Is inaugurated as president of Russia in a ceremony held at the Kremlin.
May 23, 2008 - Makes first presidential trip abroad a visit to China, the purpose of which, is to increase ties between China and Russia.
August 26, 2008 - Recognizes the independence claims of two breakaway Georgian regions.
November 5, 2008 - In a national address, Medvedev announces the possible deployment of short-range missiles near Poland capable of striking NATO if the Obama administration presses ahead with a missile defense shield in Europe.
November 14, 2008 - Medvedev backs away from prior threat of possible short-range missiles.
November 27 - November 28, 2008 - Travels to Central America and meets with former Cuban President Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.