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Tchaikovsky and Moscow Mules Go Away: Consumers Go Wild Over Ukraine Invasion | Russia

A About a day after Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, Sergiy Skorokhvatov decided it might not be a bad idea to go online and clarify what kind of food was on his menu. Russian and Ukrainian restaurant in the center of Madrid.

His instinct proved correct. Despite the fact that Skorokhvatov is Ukrainian, and despite the fact that the family’s restaurant serves both Ukrainian and Russian food, his name – Rasputin – quickly angered some keyboard warriors.

“Someone called me and said it was a good decision because another Russian restaurant had received reviews saying things like ‘We shouldn’t spend our euros in Russian places'”, Skorokhvatov told the Guardian.

“I thought changing things would help us, but then people started posting similar things about us – ‘Don’t go to Russian restaurants’ – and pictures of blown up buildings in Ukraine.”

Skorokhvatov, whose parents are still in Kyiv, managed to convince Google to remove the political reviews and photos. He is now considering whether to change the name of the restaurant his family bought nearly four years ago.

His experiences are just one example of the many ways people around the world are expressing their fury at Russia’s campaign in Ukraine.

“Putin” can simply be read after the letters were removed from a Jerusalem pub sign. Photography: Maya Alleruzzo/AP

Earlier this week, Maison de la Poutine, a chain of French restaurants serving French Canadians’ favorite poutine – chips, cheese curds and gravy – complained of receiving insults and threats because of the similarity, in French, between the name of the emblematic dish and that of the bellicose Russian president.

On Wednesday, the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra announced that it had decided to exclude Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture from a performance next week. He explained that performing the play – which commemorates Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s invading forces – would be “inappropriate” given events in Ukraine.

Others have opted for more direct action. In Ireland, opposition to the Russian invasion has centered on the country’s embassy in Dublin, the doors of which were forced open after a truck deliberately backed into the area earlier this week.

The driver, who has been charged with criminal damage, said he felt compelled to act after seeing the images that went viral of a woman and her children lying dead in the street in Irpin.

A priest was also arrested last week after spraying the doors of the embassy with red paint.

“I feel scared and helpless,” said Father Fergal MacDonagh. “The only thing I could do was, in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, pour paint on the doors of the building that spreads lies, deceit and misinformation about what is going on.” The priest added that he would be “pleased” to be charged.

Local councilors are taking a longer-term approach and have voted to change the name of the street where the embassy is located from Orwell Road to Independent Ukraine Road.

Similar thinking is underway in Jerusalem, where the Putin pub has become “the pub once known as Putin”.

The 20-year-old institution on Jaffa Street, West Jerusalem’s main thoroughfare, is popular for its cheap drinks, friendly atmosphere and, occasionally, karaoke in Russian.

Its former owners decided to call it Putin as a gimmick: they opened when the former KGB lieutenant colonel was first running for president. But the day the Russian leader invaded Ukraine, current owner Leonid Teterin removed the big gold letters spelling out “Putin” from the sign.

“We condemn the war and support Ukraine and its people,” Teterin, a Russian-born Israeli, told Israel’s Channel 12 news.

Staff asked customers to suggest a new name. The most popular idea so far is the Zelenskiy pub in honor of the Jewish president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Bars and restaurants in Brazil’s culinary capital, São Paulo, have also embarked on a naming offensive.

On Tuesday, celebrity Brazilian chef Janaína Rueda announced she would protest Putin’s “sad war” by refusing to serve stroganoff at her São Paulo restaurant.

“It’s our way of showing our support for the Ukrainians… We are in favor of peace,” Rueda said. The challenge, however, was short-lived and Stroganoff’s boycott was called off after 24 hours following an online backlash against what many saw as an unnecessary gesture.

At least half a dozen cocktail bars have also removed the Moscow Mule from their menu – and replaced it with the Kyiv or Ukraine Mule.

As he waited for the lunch crowd to arrive in Madrid on Thursday, Skorokhvatov tried to explain his thoughts on how some people are reacting to war in his homeland.

“I understand the passion – and that people want to do something to help but don’t know how,” he said. “So some of them go online and post stuff. I’m a little surprised at how some people are, I guess. They’re myopic and don’t do any research.

But, Skorokhvatov added, others had found much more helpful ways to express their solidarity: “You can go and donate and you hear about people who get in their cars and drive to Ukraine without even knowing where they are going. “.