In unguarded remarks off camera & mic (they were on)
Dmitry Medvedev muses on aliens and Vladimir Putin’s lateness
Father Christmas, aliens, President Vladimir Putin’s lateness and police “jerks” – Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s prime minister, gave the nation his views on more than he intended on Friday.
Mr Medvedev let his guard down after an interview with five Russiantelevision stations when he failed to realise the cameras were still rolling.
“I believe in Father Frost. But not too deeply. But anyway, you know, I’m not one of those people who are able to tell the kids that Father Frost does not exist,” he said in a jovial reply to a question about Russia’s equivalent of Santa Claus.