The verdict is in: Dmitry Medvedev can keep the iPhone Steve Jobs gave him yesterday.
Speaking to journalists in California, Medvedev’s spokeswoman said that, unlike the American president, the Russian President is not prohibited from having a cell phone. (It was considered a big personal victory when Obama was allowed to keep his civilian BlackBerry. This is due to concerns about security, as well as historical documentation.)
Alex Marquardt of ABC raises a good point, though: now that he has his iPhone, how will Medvedev operate it? He certainly can’t use the AT&T network that has a monopoly on iPhone service in the States. Will he, like the gajillions of Russians who have them, have to hack his new iPhone to hook it up to a Russian operator?