Who needs McDonald’s when you can have your own national fast food chain?

Russia is betting on a national network of restaurants that will rival fast food brands of the West by investing nearly 1 billion rubles ($19 million) in a restaurant project started an Oscar-winning Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov.

The director met Russia’s deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich on Thursday, and secured a state-backed loan to cover 70% of the initial 1 billion rubles investment, Russian media reported.

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