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Hamburger with TNT: appetizer life-threatening

February 20 2007

An explosion in a fast food restaurant McDonald `s, which is at the intersection of Nevsky Prospekt and Rubinstein Street in downtown St. Petersburg, thundered in the middle of the ninth pm on February 18. The cause of the explosion was bezobolochnoe explosive device, the power of which, according to expert estimates, amounted to 200-300 grams of TNT. Typically, in the evening in McDonald `s a lot of visitors, and only narrowly managed to avoid mass bloodshed - Six people were injured varying degrees of severity, but life threatening no one. So loud in the literal and figurative sense, the event caused a great resonance in the society. And if law enforcement authorities say banal hooliganism, while others see this as an incident to a political subtext.

For example, local politicians preparing for elections to the Legislative Assembly, declared that the explosion - a planned action against them. State Duma Yuri Saveliev and Dmitry Rogozin believes that the explosion in McDonald `s will be used for denial of a" March of Dissent ". The same was said and other members of the Organizing Committee of "March of Dissent". We recall that "March of Dissent" to take place in St. Petersburg on March 3, but the organizers still are not sure that they will bring under its banner a sufficient number of people.

Meanwhile, there is in this case not only political but also commercial implications. The fact is that in St. Petersburg in creeping competing network McDonald's restaurants and Rostik recently stepped network of democratic cafe "Teaspoon." "In the next few years are going to become the third company in Russia after McDonald's and Rostik Restaurants" by the number of institutions "- says the director of marketing for" teaspoon "Igor Kolynin. And indeed, "Teaspoon" is popular among Petersburgers. And if she surrenders to his more experienced rivals for the number of outlets, it is only a matter of time. To date - this is the most rapidly growing network of tea in Northern capital, and by up to 2008 the company intends to expand its network to 100 schools.

Following the "teaspoon" for the battle with a foreign manufacturer and alien to the Russian stomach shavermoy rushed and other market participants "fast food" - "Carnival", "at Tiffany's on pancakes," "BlinDonalt's", "glutton", "Mansion". And the failure of their main U.S. competitor, as it is cynical to be heard, they are a plus. More cynical would suggest that these companies employ anti-globalization for attacks on its main rival. But as it turned out, St. Petersburg and Moscow anti-globalists have already declared his innocence in the incident, but the full extent developing the theme of the skinheads.

This is not the first attack on McDonald `s on the Nevsky. In April 2003, several dozen members of the neo-fascist youth groups "Mad Crowd" burst into the cafe and defeated him, smashing the pieces of metal reinforcement and baseball bats furniture and equipment. This grouping of "Mad Crowd" specialized in killing people with non-Slavic features (on account of skinhead gangs are at least five proven murders, including the murder of a scientist-ethnographer Nikolai Girenko) and prepared the explosions of Orthodox churches in St. Petersburg on the eve of the summit 2007.

Restaurant chain McDonald `s also not chosen by chance. As you know, president of McDonald's in Russia is a man with a very unpleasant to the ear "white patriots" name - Khamzat Khasbulatov. This naturally fits into the logic of radical nationalist extremists against nerusyami.

In the case of the explosion at the St.Pete McDonald `s and there was a doublet at all - the commercial background of the incident was a unique political cover. Say, this is especially happy with the power of the attacks, to avoid a "March of Dissent" and once again thwart the Russian opposition. Involved or not organizers of the "March of Dissent" and coming to his defense the State Duma in an explosion in a cafe - to be seen, however, investigators in recent years the Russian opposition is using every opportunity to justify their failure.

Thus, recently the party "Union of Right Forces, made a statement that reports of onset of an epidemic of avian influenza in the suburbs - a PR campaign "United Russia" to block roads and deny access agitators ATP and the propaganda machines with production of ATP in human points field, as well as to reduce voter turnout. " It is possible that in the near future to learn that the March elections to regional parliaments fallen as a result of sharp warming of the Earth, melting of Antarctic ice, increased solar radiation and the invasion of aliens.

Dmitry Nosov


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