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After one year of operations, Russia’s McDonald’s replacement already more successful than original, owner reveals

June 9, 2023

Vkusno I Tochka, the fast food chain established following the exit of McDonald’s from the Russian market, is already outperforming the American chain after just a year of operations, the company has revealed.

MOSCOW BLOG: Drone strikes

May 4, 2023

Two drones hit the Kremlin in the wee hours of May 3. Was it an attempt to kill Putin? Or a Kremlin scheme to justify an escalation and recruit more soldiers?

MOSCOW BLOG: A blueprint for a Ukrainian peace deal

April 28, 2023

Talk of peace plans is back in the news after China’s President Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had a “long and meaningful” telephone call on April 26. But a workable formula still seems a long way off.

MOSCOW BLOG: Did Berlin just escalate the Ukraine war by promising to send tanks?

January 25, 2023

What just happened? Did the war in Ukraine just take a decisive turn? Did the West just change its tactics from helping Kyiv defend itself from the Russian aggressor to committing itself to offensive weapons and ensuring Russia’s defeat?

MOSCOW BLOG: President Duda says Poland will send Ukraine Leopard tanks, but don’t hold your breath

January 12, 2023

More tank news. But this one is actually a bit confusing. Polish President Andrzej Duda was in Lviv yesterday for a summit and announced that Poland will send some of its 250 German-made Leopard tanks to Ukraine. Will it happen?