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October 27, 2010 (KATAKAMI / RIA NOVOSTI) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has a license to drive a Kamaz truck, a Kremlin spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
“The president, who is seriously into driving, has the special license necessary for truck driving,” Natalia Timakova said.
On Tuesday, during his visit to the Kamaz plant in Tatarstan, Medvedev took a test drive of a vehicle set to participate in the next Dakar rally in January 2011. The president drove 30 kilometers to the airport.
His navigator was the driver of the Russian Dakar rally team and record holder at the rally, Vladimir Chagin.
The president gave medals to the drivers, navigators and mechanics of the team at a workshop in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan’s second city.
“I have handed out state awards in various situations, but never inside a Kamaz,” Medvedev joked.
ASTRAKHAN, October 27 (RIA Novosti)