Russian pianist Luka Safronov, son of prominent Russian artist Nikas Safronov, handcuffed himself to the doors of a McDonald’s restaurant in Moscow on Sunday to protest the company’s decision to pull out of the country in light of the military conflict underway in Ukraine.
Safronov, who is a body positivity activist and weighs over 270 kilograms, said he didn’t want to change his lifestyle and blamed America for spending the last 30 years making Russians addicted to McDonald’s and preaching that people can be accepted for who they are. , no matter how small, to take it all away and force people to change their ways. He said the sanctions against Russia were aimed at ordinary people like him.
“The situation is extremely tense, and today I decided to act. I was born on October 31, 1990 – exactly 9 months after the first McDonald’s opened in Russia. Perhaps this coincidence had an influence on all my life “, said Safronov.
“Americans have tamed us with their aromas and intrusive advertisements and got us addicted to a lot of things,” he continued, accusing the West of depriving Russians of their freedoms.
“Why do politicians from hostile countries force us ordinary people to forcefully change our way of life? The values I have always stood for, including body positivity. I think every person has the right to choose. I weigh over 270 kilograms and this is my choice, my form of personal expression and my freedom. Luka affirmed. “Today the food I have eaten all my life is being taken away from me. I am being deprived of opportunities to travel and learn about the world.
Safronov also defended the rights of pets, who will now have to switch to different brands of food, since the most popular pet foods are produced in the West, and accused the United States of committing genocide while ‘they are the ones who talk the most about freedom. .
Luka was eventually arrested by the police for the unauthorized protest and evicted from the property.
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