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Russian president thanks Angry Birds

June 18, 2011 at 9:32 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, June 18 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave a special thanks to the creator of the game Angry Birds at a forum on economics in St. Petersburg.

Medvedev thanked Peter Vesterbacka Friday for creating the game during a session at the International Economic Forum, RIA Novosti reported.

Medvedev said, "Before talking politics, I would like to thank Mr. [Peter] Vesterbacka for creating an occupation for a huge number of officials who now know what to do in their free and not-so-free time. I saw them [playing the game] myself many times," Medvedev told Vesterbacka, founder of Finland-based Rovio Mobile, adding, "I do not remember how many Angry Birds products were released but they are likely to appear regularly."

Angry Birds is a puzzle game downloadable to touch screen smartphones, computers and gaming consoles, first released for Apple iOS in December 2009.

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