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    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev renamed on Friday his popular account on the Twitter micro-blogging site to make it more informal.

     Russian President Dmitry Medvedev renamed on Friday his popular account on the Twitter micro-blogging site to make it more informal.

    The renamed account will save the history of all messages and the list of followers.

    The president's press secretary, Natalia Timakova, said Medvedev's press service will soon launch an official Twitter account with the old name KremlinRussia.

    "The presidential staff if currently working on this," she said.

    The account's new name is MedvedevRussia (MedvedevRussiaE is the English version).

    Timakova said the change was Medvedev's own initiative as he prefers to communicate with Twitter users personally.

    Medvedev also changed the account's design and replaced the Kremlin's image with his photograph.

    The technologically savvy Russian leader registered on Twitter in June during his visit to the United States. More than 122,000 people are currently following him on Twitter. The English version has more than 52,000 followers.

    MOSCOW, November 19 (RIA Novosti)

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