If you missed the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, don't worry, you're in good company. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the ceremony, and it is uncertain how much of it he managed to catch.
According to a report by the wire service Agence France-Presse, "Russian state television footage uploaded onto YouTube shows Medvedev abruptly closing his eyes and nodding his head just before the Games are about to be declared open Friday evening."
See below for the video.
Here is more from the AFP report:
Anti-Kremlin bloggers seized on the chance to mock Medvedev, who briefly raised hopes of imposing serious reform while Kremlin chief but now has for many become a figure of fun.
A sarcastic popular hashtag appeared in Russian "PodderzhimDimu" -- "Let's support Dima". Dima is the short version of the Russian name Dmitry.
The furor is particularly ironic given that while president Medvedev became the first Russian leader to embrace Twitter and other social networks, sending a now notorious "Hi Everyone!" as his first tweet.
The translation for the tweet below is, "The Olympics through the eyes of Medvedev."
— Русская смерть (@russdeathru) February 7, 2014
Keep calm and go to sleep like Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi
— Heaven is inside me (@Iren_lovelove) February 9, 2014
But Medvedev, who has more than 700,000 Twitter followers @MedvedevRussiaE, was awake at the start of the ceremony as he sent out this tweet:
The XXII Olympic Winter Games. The start @ Fisht Olympic Stadium http://t.co/r4zobtM7TW
— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) February 8, 2014
But then ...