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Russian president gains 1 mn online fans in 24 hours

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's account at the country's largest social networking site Vkontakte has gained one million followers in the 24 hours or so since it was set up.

Medvedev created his profile at Vkontakte Wednesday, several hours prior to an informal meeting with Russian bloggers.

 
Dmitry Medvedev. Pic/AFP

The president's profile says his interests are: "work, family, sports, internet" and favourite music is "hard-rock, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, classical."

Medvedev has created two photo albums -- one with images of landscapes he captured with his professional camera and another with photographs, featuring his everyday life as president.

His latest post, saying: "Thank you for your attention and gifts! Getting used to Vkontakte's style. Good night, everybody!" gathered more than 17,000 'likes' in less than one day.

Vkontakte, Russia's most popular website, which has over 100 million userbase, is famous for its pirate music and video content, available for downloading.

Medvedev, who styles himself as a technologically savvy leader, is registered on Twitter, has a blog on LiveJournal and an account on YouTube and Facebook.

His Facebook fan page has already gained over 300,000 followers.

Medvedev initially opened his Twitter account in June 2010 during a visit to Silicon Valley. More than 660,000 people are currently following him at MedvedevRussia on the micro-blogging site, while the English version, MedvedevRussiaE, has almost 134,000 followers.

Medvedev's twittering has, however, been mercilessly parodied at the @KermlinRussia Twitter account.

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