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Bush legs

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"Bush legs" (Russian: ножки Буша, romanizednozhki Busha) is a prevailing term in the post-Soviet states that denotes chicken leg quarters from the United States.

The expression first appeared in 1990 when Mikhail Gorbachev and George H. W. Bush signed a trade agreement about delivery of frozen chicken leg quarters to the Soviet Union. In those times, the USSR was experiencing food shortages and "Bush legs" enjoyed wide popularity.


As of 2006, the United States was the largest supplier of chicken to Russia, with only 55% of purchased chicken being domestically raised, 35% imported from the US, 6% from Brazil, and 4% from other countries, primarily in Europe.[1] In 2005, the Russian and American governments signed an agreement where, until 2009, 74% of the chicken import quota would belong to American suppliers in return for the annual expansion of supplies by 40 thousand metric tons.[2]

White meat is more popular in the US,[3] particularly chicken breast, lowering the cost of exported dark meat like the legs and thighs.[4]

In 2010, Russian Chief Sanitary Inspector Nikolay Vlasov banned all chlorinated chicken.[5]

In 2014, all US meat was banned in Russia due to embargo. In 2015, Russia covered all imported chicken by domestic meat.[6]


  1. ^ Zyuzyaev, Aleksandr (14 September 2006). "Что будем есть вместо «ножек Буша»". Komsomolskaya Pravda (in Russian). Archived from the original on 17 November 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  2. ^ "USAPEEC" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Whiten chicken dark meat with whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate". Emerging Food R&D Report. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2022 – via The Free Library.
  4. ^ Prichep, Deena (6 December 2018). "Chicken Diplomacy: How President Bush Went For The Gut In The Former USSR". NPR. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  5. ^ "С 1 января 2009 американской курятины в России не будет". REGNUM News Agency (in Russian). 25 December 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Медведев: Нам больше не нужны «ножки Буша», в РФ есть своя птица". REGNUM News Agency (in Russian). 23 May 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2022.

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