Russian president visits Lisner

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was on campus Tuesday evening to attend a concert at Lisner Auditorium, a University official confirmed Wednesday.

Medvedev, who was in D.C. for a global summit on nuclear security, was seen exiting Lisner at around 9:40 p.m. Tuesday night, after he attended a concert by Russian rock band Time Machine. University spokeswoman Candace Smith said Wednesday that GW did not extend an invitation to Medvedev for the concert, but was pleased that he attended.

A crowd of more than 100 people gathered around the building and across the street from Lisner Tuesday evening, with onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse of the Russian leader.

H Street was closed between 21st and 22nd streets and a motorcade adorned with Russian flags was parked along the north side of the auditorium while Medvedev watched the performance. More than a dozen vehicles and numerous officials comprised the motorcade, though officials on H Street would not say why they were on campus.

“A crowd of agents rushed out and he waved to the crowd,” said Luke Rosenbloom, a sophomore who waited outside of the auditorium, said of the president’s exit. “Everyone cheered. I think this represents the GW experience.”

Junior Kelsey King said she was thrilled to see the Russian leader exit the auditorium.

“I’m a huge Russian nerd and I’m studying abroad in St. Petersburg. I’m legitimately the biggest Russian nerd in the universe so I’m incredibly excited,” King said.

The nuclear summit, which has brought many dignitaries to the District, has snarled traffic across the city.

The press contact for Maestro Artist Management Inc., the talent agency that hosted the concert in Lisner, did not return request for comment. Phone calls to the Russian Embassy were not answered.

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