Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the rabble-rousing leader of the Liberal-Democratic Party, on Friday called for a McDonald's sign in the Moscow city center to be ripped down, ITAR-Tass reported.But some have studied economics;
"We need to get rid of this sign, this disgusting sign has to go. What gives them the right to teach us how to make pirozhki [stuffed Russian buns]!" Zhirinovsky exclaimed to the few dozen people assembled at a political rally calling for the downfall of U.S. fast food and a return to the flag of the Russian Empire.
Politics makes strange badfellows.Others had a less sanguine view of the matter, such as Evgeny Roizman, the mayor of Yekaterinburg and a prominent opposition figure."If we consider ourselves a great country and a great power, then these are petty deeds, on the level of mice," Roizman said in an interview on Komsomolskaya Pravda radio, news portal Ura.ru reported."It's a blow to our own people — to consumers, for one, and obviously all the suppliers are locals. Hitting your own people doesn't make any sense," he said.