Saturday, 7 January 2017

McDonald's Versus Marxism

Crowd outside Moscow McDonald's on Jan 30, 1990
The Soviet Union’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Moscow’s Pushkin Square on January 30, 1990. More than 30,000 customers were served at the restaurant on the first day.

The Pushkin Square McDonald’s served an average of 20,000 customers daily for several days after the opening day. The wait time for the customers was many hours.

I think the average Russian customer made a political statement by flocking to McDonald’s, the notorious symbol of capitalism. They sent a clear message that they were fed-up of Marxism and economic deprivation, and that they didn't believe the anti-capitalism propaganda of the Soviet regime.

In less than two years the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev resigned, and the Soviet Union was dissolved on December 26, 1991. 

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