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A doner stall named after former USSR leader Joseph Stalin has gone viral on social media after its opening in Moscow. Stanislav Voltman, director of the restaurant told Ruptly more about what was behind the idea, Friday.
Voltman who has been interested in Soviet-era history said that the restaurant name ‘Stal’in’ has also a personal meaning as it’s a mixture of his name Stanislav and his ex-wife’s name Elena.
Voltman stressed that he did not attempt to offend anyone, as Russians’ opinions on Stalin differ, from some considering him a war hero to others deeming him to be a dictator.
"I tried to do it as restrainedly and neutrally as possible, without mocking, without praising to heavens that Stalin is our everything," he added.
Doners named after other Soviet figures such as "from Beria," "Khrushchevskaya in cheese lavash" and "Stalinskaya with double meat" as well as "GOST standard" are made by a cook wearing a soviet military uniform.
People showed a mixed reaction on social media, with some of them opposing the concept while others seemed to enjoy it. According to the director, some people have scared the cook, who left work eventually.
However, Stanislav noted that negative opinions are not the majority, and the restaurant has gained popularity on social media.
According to reports, the place was seen being inspected by the local police on Friday.
SOT, Stanislav Voltman, Stal’in doner director (Russian): "I came up with the idea a long time ago, about three-four years ago, when I was still living in Orenburg, specifically in Orenburg region, my home. The idea came in a comic version. Firstly, I must start with the fact that I have always loved history, and I have always been interested in the period of Stalin’s rule."
SOT, Stanislav Voltman, Stal’in doner director (Russian): "Just recently I moved to Moscow and there was an opportunity to buy my own shawarma shop here and so I thought: ‘Why not embody the old idea that I have been cherishing for so long,’ that’s how I tried to do it as restrainedly and neutrally as possible, without mocking, without praising to heavens that Stalin is our everything."
SOT, Stanislav Voltman, Stal’in doner director (Russian): "A couple of inadequate people here threatened him, for some reason him (the worker who sold doners), although he is just an employee, he is here to earn money, but they threatened him, saying: ‘What right do you have to wear a uniform?’, and all that, although this uniform is not real, which should be clear to everyone."
SOT, Stanislav Voltman, Stal’in doner director (Russian): "Yesterday, according to experience, according to statistics, I will say that for one inadequate person there are ten positively reacting people, who are buying, trying and they, in fact, are pleased with everything."
SOT, Local (Russian): "It is quite unusual. They have just opened and immediately attracted attention, it’s a really unusual place."
Journalist: "Do you know who Stalin is?"
Local (Russian): "Yes, of course, Stalin is our leader."
SOT, Stanislav Voltman, Stal’in doner director (Russian): "As for pros, people now come to us from all over Moscow just to try it. This is also a good thing, so to speak, hype, but it is important to note that I did not want to offend or hurt anyone with this."
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