Deep Purple get Russian honour
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a big heavy metal fan, has fulfilled a lifelong dream by meeting his favourite rock band, Deep Purple.
The British group met the leader for tea at his residence in Gorki outside Moscow.
The 45-year-old president told the band they have been a favourite of his since the age of 12. He also revealed that as a DJ at his school in Leningrad he would play rock music at discos, after first getting the approval of the Communist youth organisation.
Mr Medvedev's liking of heavy metal contrasts with Vladimir Putin, his predecessor and Russia's current prime minister, who is reported to be an Abba fan.