It must be better than the original
Kremlin-friendly rapper acquires Starbucks in Russia
After McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Ikea, and many other Western names, Starbucks is now also withdrawing from Russia. The assets of the giant coffee company were taken over by Russian rapper and friend of Putin – and former colleague of DJ Antoine.
Since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24, there are no Western products left in Russia. Giants such as McDonald’s, Ikea and Coca-Cola are liquidating their assets in the country. Global coffee chain Starbucks has also taken this step.
Starbucks won’t go away. you receive – like McDonald’s – New Russian owner and new Russian brand. New owner: 38-year-old rapper Timur Eldarovich Yunusov aka Timati.
The Kremlin-friendly musician of Tatar descent confirmed the deal on Instagram on Saturday. It is now official that all Starbucks network assets have been acquired. His partner: hospitality entrepreneur Anton Pinsky, who already owns 12 chain restaurants in Russia.
Want to be better than the original
Timati and Pinskiy acquired 130 branches and about 2,000 employees. Nothing is known about the rebranding yet. “I can assure you there is no brutal renaming on the horizon,” rapper Timati says often on Instagram.
We welcome suggestions for a new name for the coffee chain. And the Russians are sure: “From the beginning, we want to be better than what has been built on the other side of the ocean for decades.”
“We will offer a product of completely new quality,” says Timati. Only the name card will not be changed. The new coffee chain, run by Russians with Russian products, will prove that there is no need for imports.
The most hated hymn of praise for Putin
That’s right, Timati is a Russian rapper who appeared in 2011 in the song “Welcome to St. Tropez” by Swiss DJ Antoine (47).
In 2019, fellow DJ Antoine sang a hymn of praise for Putin. Negative classic: “Moscow” has become the most hated Russian music video on YouTube. (bag)
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