In 1987, Svetlana Medvedeva began study at the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance. The Medvedevs married in 1993, after they had completed their studies. In 1995 their son Ilya was born and she stopped pursuing her career. In the same year she was baptized into the Russian Orthodox
church. In 2006, she initiated the annual Russian art festival in Bari, Italy.
Medvedeva became first lady when her husband, Dmitry Medvedev
, took over as president on 7 May 2008 following his election victory. She has already caused something of a media frenzy even though she shies away from photographers and does not give interviews.
In the same year, she headed the initiative for the institution of Family Day in Russia. Medvedeva speaks French well.