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Jun. 24 2010 - 7:45 am | 707 views | 0 recommendations | 9 comments

Medvedev, quite literally, comes up short

Poor, wonderful Dmitry Medvedev. The man tries to bring his country into the modern era by enlisting some of Silicon Valley’s finest minds, and what does the press write about?

His midget shoes.

At just under 5′4″, Medvedev is the world’s shortest president. Posing next to the suit-busting Arnold Schwarzenegger, he could look like a frail lilliputian rather than a modernizing force on par with Peter the Great (who was, quite tall, by the way).

But if you look at photographs from the meetings, Medvedev looks like he’s about as tall as Arnie, who is a full 9 inches taller.

How did Dima do it?

Well, first of all, Dima got heels. According to Russian press reports, the Presidential closet is filled with shoes that have about a 2.5-inch heel.(About an inch is standard on men’s shoes.)┬áThat does not exclude the potential for another, hidden heel, though it’s unclear what that would look like.

Then, there are the photographic tricks, according to a former Kremlin photographer. According to him, Medvedev prefers shorter photographers because they have to shoot from a lower position, thereby elongating his stature. He tries to stand close to the other guy, because that also hides the difference in height, as does photography with a telephoto (or long-focus) lens.

Because image is everything.

via NewsRU.ru


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    As a fellow lilliputian I support Medvedev’s height-boosting efforts without reservation. Show us the way, Dima!

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    seriously, this is news? wtf does it matter someone’s height, weight, shoe size or what they are wearing?? it’s ones ability to do ones job that is supposed to matter! as a 5′, 46 year old female, i am STILL combating the “oh what a cute little girl; is this your summer job” attitude from most people…

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    that’s fine, but how is he going to get his face as red as arnold’s?

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    At least Medvedev can talk about all the small people without having to worry about political backlash.

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    Are we entirely sure Arnie is that tall? I’ve always heard his “official” stats were inflated. Certainly the ahem personal stats were.

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    One of the nicknames of president Medvedev is “nano-president” :)

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    Oh who cares how tall/short Dima is ( how tall is the puppet master b.t.w.?) as long as either one of them would have brains.Unfortunately they don’t. They only think they do.

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