“The aggressive marketing they carry out — which has nothing to do with our culinary traditions — is comparable to a war against our people,” said Gennady Onishchenko, speaking to radio station Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei.
Onishchenko was previously Russia’s chief sanitation doctor, notorious for imposing sweeping bans on food imports from countries that were Moscow’s political foes for alleged hygiene breaches.
“Our children already drink more Coca-Cola than milk. Talking about McDonald’s — they need to change their menu and secondly the culture of food, not snacking or grabbing food, but proper nutrition for a Russian person,” he added.
Also on Thursday, a senior ruling-party politician, Alexei Pushkov, urged McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, which are both major employers and advertisers in Russia, to pull out of the country.
“Don’t McDonald’s and Coca-Cola want to support Obama’s sanctions and rid us of their products? They would be true to their principles and we would be healthier,” the head of the lower house of parliament’s foreign affairs committee wrote on Twitter.
Russia denied that the high-profile checks into the fast-food brand that epitomises the American way of life were politically motivated.
McDonald’s closed its outlets in Crimea after Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula in March last year, as well as in areas of eastern Ukraine seized by the rebels.
McDonald’s earnings in Russia and Ukraine were battered in 2014 as a result of their weak currencies.
news.com.au 6 Mar 2015
Two of the world's largest well known companies / trademarks that thrive financially by selling carcinogenic products to the 'masses'.
It is through the ignorance / stupidity that the masses fork out huge sums of money for nutrition-less / carcinogenic products, that allows companies like this to exist.
Some people may still believe that there is hope for 'humanity'.