Snarling Putin Smacks Down Dell's Net Offer

Russia's Putin tells off Michael Dell
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 6:29 AM CST

(Newser) – Russian leader Vladimir Putin fired a withering public broadside at computer tycoon Michael Dell at the World Economic Forum. When Dell offered to help expand the Internet in Russia, Putin snapped: "We don't need help. We are not invalids. We don't have limited mental capacity."

The World Economic Forum brings together top business and political leaders in Davos Switzerland. The clash between Dell and Putin happened at the opening ceremony after Putin delivered a bellicose 40-minute speech challenging the dollar as the reserve currency and calling for smart energy partnerships with the Russians.