From the cold stares and Cold War mentions, to banging drums and ominous messages of ‘taking over the world’, viewers got a taste of the drama Olga and Valeria will be bringing to the MKR kitchen.
But Channel Seven’s decision to play up the friends from NSW’s Russian heritage has upset and offended many viewers, especially Russian-Australians.
Not because of the way the duo have been painted as the Russian baddies – MKR has always cast villain couples since the show first aired in 2010.
Or for the blatant exaggeration of Russian culture with references to vodka and war propaganda.
Rather, it’s the use of this symbol that’s prompted many fans to call for the ad’s removal, or boycott the upcoming series.