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Russia shuts four McDonald's restaurants amid Ukraine tensions

Published on Aug 21, 2014 3:31 AM
 

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening US-Russian ties over Ukraine.

The four restaurants ordered to suspend operations by the state food safety watchdog included the first ever McDonald's in Russia, which opened in the last days of the Soviet Union, and which the company says is its most frequented in the world.

On Wednesday evening, the lights were off inside the restaurant - usually crammed with diners - and a sign on the door said it was shut "for technical reasons".

McDonald's shares were down 0.36 per cent at 1804 GMT, against the backdrop of a slightly firmer US stock market .

People sit outside a closed McDonald's restaurant in Moscow, August 20, 2014. Russia ordered the temporary closure of four McDonald's restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday, a decision it said was over sanitary violations but which comes against a backdrop of worsening US-Russian ties over Ukraine. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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