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.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Pepsi to launch own smartphone
History Channel special reveals Alcatraz escapees may have survived
Multiple attacks escalate Jerusalem violence; gun restrictions could ease
Genetic changes could make pig organs usable for human transplant
Five Democratic presidential candidates meet in Las Vegas for first debate