Moscow Soviet NKVD restaurant sparks outrage

Moscow Soviet NKVD restaurant sparks outrage
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14 December 2016

A Moscow restaurant called NKVD – the name of the predecessor of the Soviet KGB secret police – has drawn sharp criticism in Russia.

The restaurant, which features a large painting of Joseph Stalin, has been at the centre of protests on social media, and has had its sign removed.

“Look at the wall, the sign was just ripped off,” a barman said when the BBC visited the restaurant.

While staff at the restaurant insisted that the letters stood for “national cuisine of a great power” in Russian, rather than for Stalin’s secret police, others argue that the name and displayal of the portrait are an insult to the many victims of Stalinist purges.

Source: BBC News