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McDonald’s to Shutter 850 Russia Stores After Backlash

  • Chain was under pressure to respond after Ukraine invasion
  • Company to continue paying workers in Russia during pause
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McDonald’s Corp. is temporarily closing all 850 Russia locations, following mounting criticism that the fast-food chain failed to act quickly following the nation’s invasion of Ukraine.

The company will continue paying its 62,000 employees in Russia, McDonald’s said in a letter Tuesday from Chief Executive Officer Chris Kempczinski. McDonald’s has also temporarily closed its 100 locations in Ukraine and continues to pay its employees there.