Svetlana V. Linnik, Dmitry Medvedev's wife: biography, family, social activities


Russians know a lot about the current chairman of the government and the former president of the Russian Federation Medvedev Dmitry Anatolyevich. And what can you say about his wife? What merits has Svetlana Medvedeva (Linnik), what is her biography? Everything about the wife of the Russian Prime Minister will be discussed in this article.

Svetlana V. Linnik: what is known about her?

The times when the first ladies of this or that state were considered quiet and unsociable natures have long passed. Today, the head of state’s spouse is, first of all, a stylish lady and an active public figure. Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev was the head of state for 4 years - from 2008 to 2012. All this time, his wife, Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva, was in full view of the people. Her active social activities are constantly covered by the media. Probably every citizen of the Russian Federation is aware of the many charitable foundations created by Medvedev. However, not everyone knows the biography of the former first lady.

How was Svetlana Linnik's childhood? Where did she go to school and when did she meet her spouse? About all this is almost impossible to learn from simple newspapers. Meanwhile, the life of the wife of the Prime Minister is filled with many bright and interesting events. Some points from the biography of the former first lady will be described below.

Life before marriage

On March 15, Svetlana Linnik was born in the city of Kronstadt (Leningrad Region). The biography of her parents is virtually unknown. It is absolutely possible to say that Svetlana’s father, Vladimir Alekseevich Linnik, was a military sailor, and her mother, Larisa Ivanovna, worked as an economist. Unfortunately, Medvedev did not distribute any other information about his parents. What other family ties does Svetlana Vladimirovna Linnik have? Medvedeva’s brothers and sisters are absent, but many make assumptions that the notorious Evgenia Nikolaevna Vasilyeva today is the cousin of Madame Linnik. Like it or not, it is not known for certain. In any case, there is no evidence for that today.

Svetlana spent most of her childhood in the village of Kovashi, as well as in the city of Lomonosov. But because of the need to go to school, the future first lady moved to Leningrad. The Linnikov family lived in the Kupchino area. According to peers, Sveta Medvedeva was a very active and intelligent child. Studying for excellent grades, she managed to take part in school plays, in KVN and many other performances. With the future president of Russia Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev, Svetlana met in first grade (1972). At the same time they studied in parallel groups. At the age of 14 years in grade 7, Svetlana and Dmitry began dating.

Having received a school certificate, Svetlana Vladimirovna Linnik submitted an application to one of the most prestigious universities in the country: the Leningrad Financial and Economic Institute (now St. Petersburg State University of Economics). In her first year at the Faculty of Accounting, Statistics and Economic Analysis, Svetlana decides to transfer to the evening department. The reason was very simple: according to Medvedeva herself, she was eager to work. Perhaps it was because of this that many fellow students Linnik simply did not remember her.

Because of studying at the university, the paths of Svetlana and Dmitry diverged for a long time. But in 1989, the young people met again, and after that they decided to play a wedding. Linnik Svetlana Vladimirovna became Medvedeva.

Education Medvedeva

Surprisingly, now a world-famous woman does not remember any teacher of the Leningrad Economic University. Despite her wild popularity in school, Svetlana Medvedeva was almost imperceptible at the university. The reason was the evening form of training, which Svetlana decided to give preference in the first year. Linnik worked a lot, but because the school almost did not attend. Nevertheless, she was able to finish it with the appropriate diploma.


Once the rector of the university Leonid Tarasevich stated that it is very difficult to enter the Leningrad Economic University, and it is even more difficult to finish. Far from every student, even undergoing training in the "classical" full-time education, would have been able to obtain an appropriate diploma after graduation. According to the teachers, Linnik practically did not go to the university. Nevertheless, she was able to finish it with distinction.

Of course, such a fact from the biography of the first lady of the state cannot but arouse respect. But in parallel, it raises many questions. How could Svetlana graduate from a university if she was not listed on any of the graduates? Why neither teachers, nor the rector did not recognize their former student in Svetlana Medvedeva? Anyway, knowing the exact answers to the questions posed is unlikely to work out. In addition, to draw categorical conclusions here would be pretty stupid: Svetlana Vladimirovna was born in a poor family, and at school she was always an activist. A man like Linnik could well combine his studies with work for quality.

Dmitry and Svetlana Medvedev

Having turned to Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev in 1989, Svetlana Vladimirovna Linnik moved with her husband to her father's house. It was there, with the father-in-law and mother-in-law, the Medvedev couple lived for several years. Well-known political scientist and publicist Stanislav Belkovsky says that it was Svetlana who had a serious influence on her husband. And it was traced, according to friends, from school. Dmitry Medvedev has always been a modest and even weak student, albeit quite clever. At school, he repeatedly tried to approach Svetlana, but often remained in the shadow of other female apprentices. Linnik - just the opposite, a very active and charming person. Noticing Dmitry’s some loyalty to herself, she could not hold back her feelings, and then fell in love altogether. Young people tried to always be together.


The tone, as Svetlana’s many acquaintances say, is always set by Svetlana herself. The same trend was observed in family life; Most of Medvedev’s entourage today is the people with whom Svetlana Linnik once spoke. The biography of the current Prime Minister was in the literal sense of his wife: she introduced Medvedev with many influential people, and led the business community. According to Belkovsky, in 1991, Dmitry Medvedev became an employee of the largest Ilim Pulp corporation, again thanks to his own wife.

When looking at the Medvedev couple, there can be many different questions. This is a truly unusual, even a strange married couple. Despite the presence of some facts about her, it is worth noting some secrecy of the biography of young people. For all this, it’s impossible to deny the simple fact that Medvedev’s wife Svetlana Linnik is an outstanding and interesting person. Evidence of this will be presented below.

Medvedev children

Until 1996, the Medvedev couple were active in social activities. Svetlana Vladimirovna acquainted the spouse with a lot of famous people at that time. The real fateful life of Dmitry Anatolyevich was his acquaintance with Anatoly Sobchak, the mayor of the Northern capital. Svetlana Medvedeva brought Dmitriy together with such a famous person. Sobchak offers Medvedev the post of assistant in the St. Petersburg City Hall. And soon, Dmitry Anatolyevich met Vladimir Putin at all, at that time he was the curator of the international direction of Leningrad State University.

Medvedev's wife helped her husband in everything. Thanks to her charisma and charm, the future Russian president has acquired many truly life-changing contacts. However, in 1996, the Medvedevs gave birth to a son, whom they decided to call Ilya. Svetlana Vladimirovna leaves the prestigious workplace in a large firm, and goes head over to raising a child. But as you know, anyone could be a non-initiative person, but definitely not Linnik Svetlana. The children did not prevent the woman from returning to social activities. After working for a short time in several large organizations, Medvedeva, at the insistence of her husband, returned to the child. In addition, the career of Dmitry Anatolyevich has long gone uphill.


Ilya Medvedev became the only child in the family. In 2012, Ilya entered MGIMO at the Faculty of International Legal Relations. In the future, the son of Dmitry Anatolyevich wants to stay and work in Russia.


In addition to the program for the spiritual development of youth, Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva-Linnik is engaged in a large-scale urban project "Partner Cities: St. Petersburg - Milan". This is a sophisticated system aimed at financing children's homes in St. Petersburg. It should be noted and patronage of Svetlana Vladimirovna. Under the care of Medvedeva there are several orphanages in Russia, as well as schools and other educational institutions.


Medvedev-Linnik is a believer, and therefore is actively cooperating with Patriarch Cyril. It is thanks to the wife of Dmitry Anatolyevich that the relations between the government and the church are at a rather high level.

Separately cost to highlight the famous center of Svetlana Medvedeva "White Rose". In Moscow, this organization appeared in 2010. The development of the center was carried out by the Fund of social and cultural initiatives. The main focus of “White Rose” is to draw the attention of citizens to the problems of reproductive health, successful motherhood and quality treatment of oncological diseases. Every day hundreds and thousands of citizens apply to the organization. The center itself is sponsored by Svetlana Medvedeva.

Social work

Charity, participation in secular cultural events, scientific conferences - this is just a small list of what Medvedev Svetlana is doing today. The social activities of the wife of the current prime minister have always been very effective and of high quality.

The wife of the former head of state is trying to be a very stylish and elegant person. That is why it can be seen so often at various fashion events. Medvedeva is a regular customer of Valentina Yudashkin and some other famous fashion designers of the country.


At the moment, Svetlana Vladimirovna is engaged in the curator of the largest Russian program, called the "Spiritual and moral culture of the younger generation of the Russian Federation." Through this program, Medvedev is trying to draw attention to the quality of the educational and educational system of the state. The youth, according to Svetlana Vladimirovna herself, is degrading and ignoring moral and spiritual values. Neither boys nor girls should be subject to the corrupting influence of negative forces. A little more about the project should be described further.

The program of spiritual and moral culture of youth

Despite the loud statements about the foundation's tasks, many experts regard the program on the spiritual education of young people as an ordinary electoral support of a spouse. Initially, the fund was created as a "deeply patriotic and purely domestic" organization. The program was not spelled out clear tasks and functions. The goal was only to set "the creation of mechanisms for introducing the younger generation to moral and spiritual traditions." Actively functioning at the beginning of the tenths, today this program can be said to be forgotten.

And yet you can tell a little more detail about the directions of the organization. The first block that was proposed by Medvedev (Linnik) Svetlana - family and moral education in the family circle. It is about educating parents, providing them with the necessary information "for the further education of children in a purely moral manner." Another area that Linnik Svetlana actively promotes is education. Moreover, this block is divided into many other structural elements. Here and catechesis, and cultural studies, and information and publishing organizations.

The foundation itself collaborates with many production and educational centers. According to Svetlana Linnik herself, nationality, religious views - all this does not affect the participation in the fund's programs. "The spiritual education of the younger generation" covers a wide range of people.

Regalia and awards

Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva (Linnik), like any other major public figure, has many different awards, degrees, and regalia. Nothing can better characterize the social functions of a person than enumerating his main rewards.


So, the wife of the current Prime Minister has today the following degrees and regalia:

  • From Patriarch Alexy II - the Order of St. Princess Olga of II degree, received in 2007. Medvedev received this award for participation in the creation of the cartoon "My Love".
  • In September 2008, Svetlana Vladimirovna received the highest award from the mayor of Milan. The reason is the qualitative development of cultural ties between Russian and Italian cities. In the same year, Medvedeva was awarded a patriarchal certificate for her contribution to the development of the Day of Love, Family and Loyalty.
  • In 2010, Mrs. Medvedev won the prestigious Cyril and Methodius Prize, as well as an honorary citizen of Cannes (French city). The reason, as with Milan, was the qualitative development of cultural and spiritual ties between countries.
  • In 2012, Svetlana Vladimirovna became the owner of the Turkmen Order "Ruhubelent". According to the authorities of Turkmenistan itself, the reason was Medvedeva’s high-quality work to improve cooperation in the field of cultural relations.
  • In March 2014, Medvedev took the 14th place in the list of "100 influential women of Russia".

Thus, the activity of Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva is incredibly effective and intense. It makes a really big contribution to the development of culture, science and art of the Russian Federation.

How much is known about the personality of Svetlana Medvedeva?

Despite a significant amount of facts, a lot in the biography of the wife of the Prime Minister remains closed. Not everyone knows where she was born and in what family Svetlana Linnik lived. Her parents are known only as simple workers, but it is impossible to know more about them. Many experts note that even Lyudmila Putin is known to a much greater extent.


Svetlana Vladimirovna Linnik is often compared to Gorbachev’s spouse Raisa Maksimovna for hard character and constant activity. This woman played at one time a large role - both political and social. She also participated in many secular and cultural events, engaged in charity, philanthropy and other important matters.

Thus, Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva appears to us as an extremely positive person. In any case, this is how the Russian media characterize it. However, not everyone shares this opinion. In particular, European journalists often speak of Ms. Linnik as an extremely unpleasant and capricious person, shocking many of their tactlessness. Newspapers refer to the allegedly inappropriate behavior of Linnik in Brussels in 2010, when Dmitry Anatolyevich was at the EU summit. Whether the truth is written by foreign media is not known for certain. It was worth mentioning this only in order to understand the simple fact that not all experts idealize the personality of the wife of the Prime Minister. The only thing that remains accurate today is the number of awards and regalia received by Medvedeva for the entire period of her activity.

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