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Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, second in Vladimir Putin’s government cabinet, is really, really sad that there are no McDonald’s in Vladivostok, the far eastern city that sits on the Pacific ocean near the border with China.”We do not have a McDonald’s in Vladivostok and I would like to have one there,” Shuvalov said, while at a sponsorship agreement signing ceremony in Kazan for the 2013 Student Games, AFP reports.
“I am ready to use every means at my disposal to convince McDonald’s to open a store in Vladivostok”, he told McDonald’s Russian Vice President, who was there as McDonald’s is due to sponsor the event.
The Moscow Times reports that Shuvalov was told that McDonald’s plan was to move east from Siberia due to logistical reasons. Shuvalov replied, “But it takes a long time to move from Omsk to Novosibirsk to Vladivostok.”
According to Ria Novosti, McDonald’s currently has 310 outlets in Russia, serving about 950,000 diners daily, but none of these outlets are in Vladivostok, the far-eastern city that the Russian state is hoping to rejuvenate with a $20 billion face-lift programme.
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