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Tens of thousands call for Russian PM's dismissal

  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 photo Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev addresses a youth forum in Vladimir region, Russia. More than 160,000,  people have signed a petition on Friday Aug. 5, 2016 calling on President Vladimir Putin to sack Medvedev. The petition lamented the poor performance of the government and said a man like Medvedev should not lead the Cabinet. (Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP)

    In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 photo Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev addresses a youth forum in Vladimir region, Russia. More than 160,000, people have signed a petition on Friday Aug. 5, 2016 calling on President Vladimir Putin to sack Medvedev. The petition lamented the poor performance of the government and said a man like Medvedev should not lead the Cabinet. (Alexander Astafyev/Sputnik, Government Press Service Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 photo Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits a factory in Zelenograd, outside Moscow, Russia.  More than 160,000,  people have signed a petition on Friday Aug. 5, 2016 calling on President Vladimir Putin to sack Medvedev. The petition lamented the poor performance of the government and said a man like Medvedev should not lead the Cabinet.  (Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)

    In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 photo Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits a factory in Zelenograd, outside Moscow, Russia. More than 160,000, people have signed a petition on Friday Aug. 5, 2016 calling on President Vladimir Putin to sack Medvedev. The petition lamented the poor performance of the government and said a man like Medvedev should not lead the Cabinet. (Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A petition calling on Russia's president to sack Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, whose comments about teachers' pay sparked outrage earlier this week, has attracted more than a hundred thousand signatures.

When asked by a teacher from the impoverished Dagestan region why teachers are paid half as much as police officers, Medvedev retorted that teaching is not a job for those seeking to make a fortune and that a young, energetic man can always make money on the side.

According to change.org, where the online petition appears, the demand that President Vladimir Putin sack Medvedev had attracted more than 160,000 signatures by Friday. The petition said someone who tells "teachers to make money on the side" should not lead the cabinet.

Medvedev was Russia's president between 2008 and 2012.