Today marks the 26th anniversary of McDonald's coming to Russia. The first Russian McDonald's was opened on January 31, 1990 in Moscow when the Soviet Union was still in tact. The appearance of McDonald's in the Soviet Union at the time indicated the changing of the times. People received this sign of capitalism with great enthusiasm and would line up outside the restaurant to buy its fries, shakes, and Big Macs (which would equate to a few days' wages for them). According to a few journalists, the Soviets were amazed at the politeness of the restaurant workers and encouraged by the "expression of American rationalism and pragmatism toward food." Today more than 500 McDonald's exist in Russia.