On December 7th, the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev gave a one-and-a-half hour long interview to 5 Russian TV stations, which was aired on the channel Russia Today.
Later the activist of opposition Georgiy Alburov leaked to internet the full version of this interview. It contained 5 minutes of footage in which Medvedev, unaware of the fact that cameras continued recording, made few “off-the-record” comments.
For example, when journalists thanked Medvedev for his punctuality, he criticized Vladimir Putin by saying that “someone must be very punctual, while someone else chooses 8 years of being late.“
Putin and His Constant Lateness
Taking in account that Putin is well-known for his habit to be late to various appointments and meetings, and the fact that 8 years is the period of Putin’s first two presidential terms, it’s not difficult to guess to whom Medvedev referred in his comment.
In the past the blogger A. Malgin had summarized some of the public events for which Vladimir Putin had been late.
Here is the partial list of people and time that they had to wait for the arrival of Vladimir Vladimirovich:
- the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (40 minutes)
- the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (more than 1 hour)
- the President of Finland Tarja Halonen (2 hours)
- the Queen of the UK Elizabeth II (12 minutes)
- the King of Spain Juan Carlos I (20 minutes)
- the King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf (30 minutes)
- the former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko (3 hours)
- Jesus Christ (10 minutes)
The latter “had to wait” for the beginning of the Easter procession in April 2001, which started after the scheduled time due to the late appearance of the Russian President.
One of the latest incidents happened when Putin arrived three hours late to the conference in Ukraine. Yet, in spite of being behind the schedule, he made a stop on his way to Yalta to meet the members of the biker club “Night Wolves” known for their loyalty to the authorities. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called it a “diplomatic slap in the face and plain rudeness”.