Russia has stepped up investigations into McDonald’s operations in the country in an apparent reprisal for western sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine, the Financial Times reported.
“Right now, more than 200 probes have been initiated,” McDonald’s Russia said in a statement released on its website at the weekend. The newspaper said most of the investigations were about hygiene and financial matters.
A court has extended the consumer watchdog’s temporary closure of nine outlets of the fast-food chain in the country, the company said, adding that it would appeal against the decision.
McDonald’s has 450 restaurants in Russia, more than 100 of which are in Moscow and the surrounding region.
The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea and support for Ukrainian rebels, crippling the operations of Russian banks and companies in their ability to tap global capital markets, the report said.
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