Gnome poster removed before Medvedev visit: website

Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:49am EST
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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Theater posters proclaiming "We await you, merry gnome" were taken down from a Russian town shortly before a visit by the country's diminutive President Dmitry Medvedev, a local website reported on Friday.

The advertisements were for a children's theater show, but were removed from a street that the president's convoy was due to use on his visit to Omsk on February 12, the website reports, citing local sources.

Russian media say Medvedev is 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) tall.

The poster depicted a child fairy but was one of a number of sudden renovation projects that took place ahead of the Medvedev's visit, it reported, quoting bloggers and journalists.

The authorities recommended that fresh snow should be sprinkled over older dirty snow as part of the facelift, it said.

(Reporting by Conor Sweeney)