Putin To List McDonald's As 'Foreign Agent' That Destroys People's Health
New legislation will stop highly manipulative fast food adverts
Russian president Vladimir Putin's fight against unhealthy GMO food has stepped up a gear as he moves to designate US fast-food chain McDonald's, as 'foreign agents' who destroys peoples health.
Following the new legislation, Putin will also be able to use the same classification for international mainstream media news outlets like CNN and CNBC.
Boris Chernyshov, a 26-year-old Moscow lawmaker in the federal Russian Assembly, said that US fast food advertisements are "highly manipulative" and are not transparent about the long-term effects on peoples health.
The State Duma deputy also claimed that the decline of traditional Russian cuisine was the result of widespread McDonald's chains throughout the country.
"The food sold by American fast food restaurants, according to some studies, negatively affects the body and human health," Chernyshov explained. "In advertising, a positive image of consumption of these products is presented."
Russia recently became the worlds leading exporter of organic foods as Europe opts to publicly support GMO.
Back in September, an EU court ruled that Italy cannot ban the cultivation of an EU-approved GMO's, thus supporting genetically modified crops.
Newsweek reports: Chernyshov’s targeting of America’s fast food restaurants throughout the region is nothing new. McDonald’s has been in the line of fire of a years-long sanctions war between both countries, critics say, with Russia moving to close many of the restaurant's locations since 2014, citing "sanitary violations."
The latest measure to classify news outlets like CNN and Washington Post as foreign agents followed the U.S. requiring Russian outlets like RT and Sputnik to register under the same label. Not even three days later, the Russian lawmaker took the tit-for-tat a step further by once again pulling food chains into the feud.
"The first step is to recognize the advertising of American fast food by the messages of foreign agents and to introduce the appropriate marking," he said. "The second step will be the legislative initiative to include American fast food networks in the appropriate registry."
A woman taking a picture of a closed McDonald's restaurant in Moscow, August 20, 2014. Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which arrived against a backdrop of worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign the bill requiring international news outlets to include themselves in the foreign agent registry. Chernyshov’s addition, which is not included in the current bill moving through Russia’s parliament, would force all American food chains and restaurants operating throughout the country to do the same.
McDonald's employed over 35,000 people in Russia, featuring at least 430 restaurants across the country as of 2014. It remains unclear what implications the relabeling could have on current operations and Russian staff for the American chain.