NO FRY ZONE: McDonald’s to Permanently Close All Russian Locations Over War in Ukraine

McDonald’s will reportedly sell-off more than 800 locations across Russia over Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine: Ending more than three decades of sales in the country that date back to the final years of the Soviet Union.

From the BBC:

The move comes after it temporarily closed its 850 outlets in March.

The fast food giant said it made the decision because of the “humanitarian crisis” and “unpredictable operating environment” caused by the Ukraine war.

The opening of McDonald’s first restaurant in Moscow in 1990 came to symbolise a thaw in Cold War tensions. 

A year later, the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia opened up its economy to companies from the West. More than three decades later, however, it is one of a growing number of corporations pulling out.

“This is a complicated issue that’s without precedent and with profound consequences,” said McDonald’s chief executive Chris Kempczinski in a message to staff and suppliers.