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(USA Today)   Russian authorities shut down 4 Moscow McDonald's locations for health code violations, making Russian cuisine almost look edible in comparison   (usatoday.com ) divider line
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2014-08-21 11:54:09 AM  
When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.
 
2014-08-21 12:13:25 PM  

eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.


Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.
 
2014-08-21 01:43:19 PM  
McDonald's trifecta complete
 
2014-08-21 01:53:36 PM  
It's funny how little Russia exports to the US.  There's vodka, and an odd firearm or two, but that's about it.  The US is self-sufficient in natural gas, and most of oil imports come from Canada, OPEC countries, and Mexico-only about 3% of our oil imports come from Russia.

On the flip side, we export a ton of food to them, not even counting licensed franchises like McDonalds.
 
2014-08-21 01:58:00 PM  
Is this Comrade Czar Preimer President Putins tripling down on the crazy?
 
2014-08-21 02:02:00 PM  
Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations to open
 
2014-08-21 02:02:41 PM  
Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from
 
2014-08-21 02:12:38 PM  
Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from with many delicious
 
2014-08-21 02:20:41 PM  
Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from with many delicious vodka
 
2014-08-21 02:32:55 PM  
Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from with many delicious vodka infused
 
2014-08-21 02:37:26 PM  
Eventually Russians will stop the denial and realize where Putin is headed, and hopefully, put a violent stop to it.

Unfortunately, as history has taught us (see: Nazi Germany for a recent example), this process usually happens way too late, after the population has shoved its chips "All in" and all they can do is keep pushing the cart forward.

The writing is on the wall; after Putin reconstitutes the territorial area of the old USSR into Mother Russia, he'll turn his eye to Europe, which continues to bury its collective heads in the sand.
 
2014-08-21 02:46:16 PM  
Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from with many delicious vodka infused rat burgers.
 
2014-08-21 02:52:35 PM  

ajgeek: Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from with many delicious vodka infused rat burgers.



I'd lick her ass
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2014-08-21 02:59:34 PM  
Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from with many delicious vodka infused rat burgers with no shirt on.
 
2014-08-21 03:06:31 PM  
Am I a dick for assuming that these restaurants probably closed due to someone not having gotten their bribes on time given Russia's reputation for corruption? Granted the US is getting to be pretty bad WRT this as well...
 
2014-08-21 03:07:05 PM  

Geotpf: It's funny how little Russia exports to the US.  There's vodka, and an odd firearm or two, but that's about it.  The US is self-sufficient in natural gas, and most of oil imports come from Canada, OPEC countries, and Mexico-only about 3% of our oil imports come from Russia.

On the flip side, we export a ton of food to them, not even counting licensed franchises like McDonalds.


Yes, but it only appears that way.  In fact, The Russian Plan of producing nothing but bombs and oil is in fact brilliant because no one else has thought of it.  While Obozo's US produces things like "entertainment", "software applications", and "biotechnology", Putin is being smart.  I tell you, that man is a Global Chessmaster who has no equal.
 
2014-08-21 03:07:31 PM  
Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from with many delicious vodka infused rat burgers with no shirt on and riding a meteorite
 
2014-08-21 03:08:38 PM  

obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.


He isn't blocking food imports.
 
2014-08-21 03:25:54 PM  

spawn73: obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.

He isn't blocking food imports.


Uh...  Moscow bans food imports:

Moscow imposed a one year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and non-EU member Norway.
Russia has become by far the biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables, the second biggest buyer of U.S. poultry and a major global consumer of fish, meat and dairy products.
President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to adopt the measures in retaliation against Western countries which imposed sanctions on Russia's defence, oil and financial sectors over its support for rebels waging an insurrection in east Ukraine.
Putin had promised the measures would not hurt Russian consumers, which suggested he might exclude some popular products. But in the end, the bans announced by his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, mentioned no exceptions.
 
2014-08-21 03:34:47 PM  
To be honest, he blocks SOME food imports.

The one that would really hit Russians is Polish apples. Cheap and good apples from Poland were a significant part of Russian fruit basket. There are still apples aplenty, of course, but they are of worse quality/more expensive.

Russia was a huge market for Poland, so it will not be unnoticed by Poland either.

Chicken from USA, on the other hand, goes completely unnoticed. Less than 8% of chicken consumption in Russia and NOT considered a good one. Bad quality, cheap chicken used mostly where people don't really have a choice. Local chicken will replace that completely.

Russia also blocked import of fish, canned and otherwise, from Norway and Latvia. That's noticeable. Prices for fish in Russia have slightly increased, and the best canned fish from Latvia has disappeared, leaving only not-really-good Russia-made canned fish.

Norway haven't probably even noticed it, but for Latvia Russian market was THE market. The economy of Latvia is seriously harmed by the ban, and the economy starts to suffer. European markets aren't going to be accommodating, considering that Latvia can't compete with Norway there, so currently Latvia is trying to sell excess fish to countries like Uzbekistan. Yeah, good luck with that...
 
2014-08-21 03:34:55 PM  

obenchainr: spawn73: obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.

He isn't blocking food imports.

Uh...  Moscow bans food imports:

Moscow imposed a one year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and non-EU member Norway.
Russia has become by far the biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables, the second biggest buyer of U.S. poultry and a major global consumer of fish, meat and dairy products.
President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to adopt the measures in retaliation against Western countries which imposed sanctions on Russia's defence, oil and financial sectors over its support for rebels waging an insurrection in east Ukraine.
Putin had promised the measures would not hurt Russian consumers, which suggested he might exclude some popular products. But in the end, the bans announced by his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, mentioned no exceptions.


Yes, but he's blocking imports from stupid countries like the EU and US.  This Global Chessmaster is going to be buying his top quality meats and vegetables from China now.  He hadn't done this before because he was keeping it in his back pocket the whole time.  The Merlin of the Kremlin keeps his cards close to this shirtless chest.  If you thought you could get one over on The Shirtless Chessmaster, you are sadly mistaken.  He wins every time, and if it looks like he isn't winning then I can assure you that he has already WON.

Checkmate.
 
2014-08-21 03:44:07 PM  
In terms of world trade, Russia is so inconsequential.  Will anyone really notice?  Any company that makes their survival dependent upon Russian trade deserves to fail because of their stupidity.
 
2014-08-21 03:45:53 PM  

obenchainr: spawn73: obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.

He isn't blocking food imports.

Uh...  Moscow bans food imports:

Moscow imposed a one year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and non-EU member Norway.
Russia has become by far the biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables, the second biggest buyer of U.S. poultry and a major global consumer of fish, meat and dairy products.
President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to adopt the measures in retaliation against Western countries which imposed sanctions on Russia's defence, oil and financial sectors over its support for rebels waging an insurrection in east Ukraine.
Putin had promised the measures would not hurt Russian consumers, which suggested he might exclude some popular products. But in the end, the bans announced by his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, mentioned no exceptions.


The sanctions allows for any EU and US good to be imported through any other country, ie. Kazakstan etc.

So, no, Putin is not starving Russia. It's hyberbole.
 
2014-08-21 04:03:38 PM  

rosebud_the_sled: In terms of world trade, Russia is so inconsequential.  Will anyone really notice?  Any company that makes their survival dependent upon Russian trade deserves to fail because of their stupidity.


Which is part of why Russia behaves the way it behaves with regards to its neighbors. Can't go it alone? Take someone over.
 
2014-08-21 04:11:35 PM  

spawn73: obenchainr: spawn73: obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.

He isn't blocking food imports.

Uh...  Moscow bans food imports:

Moscow imposed a one year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and non-EU member Norway.
Russia has become by far the biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables, the second biggest buyer of U.S. poultry and a major global consumer of fish, meat and dairy products.
President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to adopt the measures in retaliation against Western countries which imposed sanctions on Russia's defence, oil and financial sectors over its support for rebels waging an insurrection in east Ukraine.
Putin had promised the measures would not hurt Russian consumers, which suggested he might exclude some popular products. But in the end, the bans announced by his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, mentioned no exceptions.

The sanctions allows for any EU and US good to be imported through any other country, ie. Kazakstan etc.

So, no, Putin is not starving Russia. It's hyberbole.


So, it's just political theater. All bark, no bite.
 
2014-08-21 04:28:57 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Meanwhile, there are still 430 other McDonald's locations open to choose from with many delicious vodka infused rat burgers with no shirt on.


Randy?
 
2014-08-21 04:36:15 PM  
First sensible thing Putin has done so far.  Let's hope Obama follows suit.
 
2014-08-21 04:36:48 PM  

obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.


Or it cold be that these McDonald's violated health code.

Nah, that answer is too simple.
 
2014-08-21 05:04:30 PM  

rosebud_the_sled: In terms of world trade, Russia is so inconsequential.  Will anyone really notice?


Yeah, but in terms of Eastern Europe trade Russia is a pretty farking big thing. Will anyone of consequence notice? France, Germany, Italy - definitely no. Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, probably Bulgaria - sure as hell they'll notice. Latvia, for example, has, like, 30% of its economy tied to Russia. Imagine the depression if it'll disappear.

As for "well, they should have diversified better" - they've tried, but it's not as if they have a lot of choice. Latvia can't sell fish to Norway, can it? :)

And, of course, there is Ukraine, which pretty much doesn't have any economy at all at this point...
 
2014-08-21 05:18:54 PM  
Heh. I read that as "Russia shoots down four McDonalds".
 
2014-08-21 05:23:38 PM  

LoneWolf343: spawn73: obenchainr: spawn73: obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.

He isn't blocking food imports.

Uh...  Moscow bans food imports:

Moscow imposed a one year ban on all meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the 28 European Union countries, Canada, Australia and non-EU member Norway.
Russia has become by far the biggest consumer of EU fruit and vegetables, the second biggest buyer of U.S. poultry and a major global consumer of fish, meat and dairy products.
President Vladimir Putin ordered his government to adopt the measures in retaliation against Western countries which imposed sanctions on Russia's defence, oil and financial sectors over its support for rebels waging an insurrection in east Ukraine.
Putin had promised the measures would not hurt Russian consumers, which suggested he might exclude some popular products. But in the end, the bans announced by his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, mentioned no exceptions.

The sanctions allows for any EU and US good to be imported through any other country, ie. Kazakstan etc.

So, no, Putin is not starving Russia. It's hyberbole.

So, it's just political theater. All bark, no bite.


Goes well with the same from the other side.

Though all the sanctions are probably soon lifted once the situation in east-Ukraine is solved, ie. the negotiations in Minsk.
 
2014-08-21 05:23:59 PM  

sendtodave: obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.

Or it cold be that these McDonald's violated health code.

Nah, that answer is too simple.


It's almost certainly a little bit from column A, a little bit from column B.  IE, Putin ordered his health inspectors to inspect every single McDonald's in Russia on a special health inspection and for them to cut no slack in violations and write them up for every little thing.  If you don't think this is political payback for the US's sanctions against Russia, you are quite naive.
 
2014-08-21 05:27:47 PM  

Grahor: Latvia, for example, has, like, 30% of its economy tied to Russia. Imagine the depression if it'll disappear.


With Dr. Doom in charge, I'm sure they will come through.  Never bet against Victor von Doom.  Just sayin'.
 
2014-08-21 05:32:51 PM  

Geotpf: sendtodave: obenchainr: eurotrader: When the first McDonalds opened in Russia a portion of the payment to McDonalds was made with  Russian vodka with shipping out of the USSR because the country had very little hard currency. With the course Putin has put Russia on now and superior vodka from other countries, the action against McDonalds may just be a pretext to strip away franchise fees payments to the US and award ownership of all Mc Donalds in Russia  to a confidant  of Putin using the guise of protecting the Russian people from poor nutritional meals.

Or it could be part of his plan to systematically starve his people, given how he's blocking food imports as well.

But you know the rule about Russian food: have dinner, and three days later you're hungry again.

Or it cold be that these McDonald's violated health code.

Nah, that answer is too simple.

It's almost certainly a little bit from column A, a little bit from column B.  IE, Putin ordered his health inspectors to inspect every single McDonald's in Russia on a special health inspection and for them to cut no slack in violations and write them up for every little thing.  If you don't think this is political payback for the US's sanctions against Russia, you are quite naive.


Oh, come on.  China just found several McDonald's that failed health inspections due to tainted meat, and their government harbors no ill will towards... the... US...

Carry on.
 
2014-08-21 06:10:47 PM  
Vleedom Fries
 
2014-08-21 06:59:32 PM  
In fairness, they only meant to close down one, but there were three progressively smaller McDonalds inside that one.
 
2014-08-21 07:04:21 PM  
well, their fries do last years without getting moldy.
 
2014-08-21 09:01:23 PM  

I_Can't_Believe_it's_not_Boutros: In fairness, they only meant to close down one, but there were three progressively smaller McDonalds inside that one.


Nice.
 
2014-08-22 02:21:33 AM  

Geotpf: It's funny how little Russia exports to the US.  There's vodka, and an odd firearm or two, but that's about it....


Well...there's "Russian" brides. But farkers have mentioned those are mostly from Ukraine or thereabouts.
 
2014-08-22 06:18:21 AM  
I'm OK with this.

No, really, there's alot of interantional and local fast-food co's. And local chains usually offer much healthier food.

/The move, of course, is purely political.
 
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