Russian Government Bans McDonalds

Photo Courtesy of members.mrtc.com

Photo Courtesy of members.mrtc.com

Officials are continuing their crackdown on McDonald’s by forcing the closure of nine restaurants. They will soon begin investigating roughly half of the country’s 446 locations according to ibtimes.com.

“The string of closures began in late August when authorities shut down four McDonalds locations in Moscow, including the city’s first that opened nearly 25 years ago. As many as a dozen McDonald’s locations were closed, but a few have recently reopened,” stated CNN.

It is widely believed the shutdowns are part of a retaliatory plan to punish American businesses after the U.S. and Europe issued harsh sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Local media had previously reported that “sanitary violations” were the reason behind the closures, such as the “pink slime” issue.

“We disagree with the court’s decision and will appeal,” reported McDonald’s in a conference statement.