Russian Chefs Stage N.a.k.e.d Protest After Coronavirus Lockdown Leaves Them Broke
Russian chefs have taken part in an extraordinary n.a.k.e.d lockdown protest after coronavirus closed their restaurants.
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a national lockdown on March 28 – with the capital Moscow following suit a couple of days later.
The measure undoubtedly saved lives, but it also stripped restaurant owners of their income.
Now hundreds of bar, restaurant and cafe employees have staged a cheeky protest urging the president to ease the lockdown.
They have posted photographs of themselves n.a..k.e.d with carefully positioned plates, cups, saucepans, bottles, bar stools and napkin holders.
Their demand is for authorities to allow them to start serving clients as the country gradually eases measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
"We are n.a.k.e.d because we are left with nothing," said Arthur Galaychyuk, owner of the Relab Family bar chain in the city of Kazan, whose 20 employees took part in the campaign.
Restaurants in Kazan will be allowed to open their summer terraces on June 11 after more than two months of lockdown.
"We don't want to stage a strip show or to fool around, we only want one thing – to work," said Pavel, a chef from the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, in a post with a group picture of his colleagues wearing only masks and holding kitchenware.
"We don't pose more of a risk then supermarkets, shopping malls, hair salons or public transport," Pavel's post said.
Authorities in Novosibirsk have not yet announced when local restaurants can open.
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