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Russian President Medvedev attends an exhibition of national crafts in Khanty-Mansiysk
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) looks at Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (L) as they attend an exhibition of national crafts during a Russia-EU summit in the Siberian city of Khanty-Mansiysk on June 28, 2008. Medvedev will participate in the opening ceremony of the fifth World Congress of Finno-Ugrian Peoples in Khanty-Mansiysk. (UPI Photo/Alexander Astafiev) ..
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves (Estonian pronunciation: ; born 26 December 1953) is the fourth and current President of Estonia. He is a former diplomat and journalist, was the leader of the Social Democratic Party in the 1990s and later a member of the European Parliament. He was elected to the post by an electoral college on 23 September 2006 and his term as President began on 9 October 2006.

Ilves was born in Stockholm, Sweden; his parents were Estonian refugees. He grew up in the United States and graduated from Leonia High School in Leonia, New Jersey in 1972 as valedictorian. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Columbia University in 1976 and a master's degree in the same subject from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.

During the 1980s, Ilves worked as a journalist for Radio Free Europe and became actively involved in politics prior to Estonia's independence in 1991. Ilves subsequently became Ambassador of Estonia to the United States in 1993; he also served as Ambassador to Canada and Mexico for several years.

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