Nov 25 - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shows off his dancing skills, performing a folk number with students in Russia's Karelia region. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL During a visit to a school in Russia's Petrozavodsk on Thursday (November 24), Russian President Dmitry Medvedev took a break from his meetings with local school and kindergarten officials to perform a small dance with children at the institution. Video aired on state television showed Medvedev dancing with a school girl, and playing a "patty-cake" hand-clapping game. Russia's head of state has previously achieved internet fame with a video posted online in April 2011 of him dancing at a party that quickly went viral and inspired flash mobs and a slew of internet commentary. An avid Twitter user, Medvedev is seen as more liberal and Western-leaning than his mentor and current prime minister, Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer who steered him into the country's top job in 2008. In September Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev announced their decision to swap roles in their ruling "tandem" next year without consulting voters.