Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued an executive order requiring all restaurants in Russia to strike the dish 'Chicken Kiev' from their menus. Although Putin does not need the approval of the legislative branch of the Russian Federation, both houses of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation passed resolutions in support of Putin's order.
In addition to striking the name 'Chicken Kiev', the order requires restaurants to substitute the name 'Freedom Chicken' in recognition of Russia's claim that the majority of citizens in Ukraine are pro-Russia living under the oppressive Ukrainian government.
The ordered change is reminiscent of the movement in the United States in 2003 to change the name of 'French fries' to 'Freedom fries' and 'French toast' to 'Freedom toast' in protest to France's refusal to support the then-proposed invasion of Iraq. Although such changes were never decreed as part of an executive order or passed as official legislation, all three U.S. House of Representative cafeterias were ordered to make the changes by the then chairman of the United States House Committee on House Administration Bob Ney, who did not need additional approval for the ordered changes. The name changes gained little ground in mainstream America.
Said Putin, "Even chickens living in Ukraine are pro Russia. Although chickens do not vote, it is imperative that Russia acknowledge their support of our liberation of Ukraine. And of course, all chickens living in Russia are in full support of our claim to Ukraine. This executive decree honors all Russian chickens everywhere."