McDonald’s Still Open in Russia Despite Suspension, Video Shows

Multiple McDonald’s eating places stay open in Russia, regardless of the corporate formally shutting all places all through the nation in response to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

McDonald’s Corporation introduced on March 8 that it might quickly shut all 847 of its eating places in Russia—almost two weeks after the nation’s forces invaded Ukraine. Chris Kempczinski, chief government of McDonald’s, stated the corporate “cannot ignore the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine.”

McDonald’s Russia additionally issued a press release on March 11 saying that it might quickly droop providers within the nation from March 14 “due to operational, technical and logistical difficulties.”

However, the fast-food chain nonetheless seems to be working in quite a few places, in accordance with experiences.

The press service of the corporate advised state-run Russian information outlet RIA Novosti on Friday that some McDonald’s eating places working in Moscow on a franchising foundation proceed to stay open.

“A number of McDonald’s restaurants operating in Moscow on a franchising basis continue to provide services to visitors. In particular, restaurants have been opened at airports and at Leningradsky railway station, as well as MakExpress windows near Moscow metro stations,” the corporate stated.

Moscow24 additionally reported that branches in Moscow stay open. The outlet cited eyewitnesses as saying that staff might be seen unloading contemporary burger buns within the metropolis’s Novokosino District.

A McDonald’s worker advised Moscow-based Russian-language information outlet {that a} department of the fast-food restaurant continues to function at Moskovsky railway station within the Russian port metropolis of Saint Petersburg.

The worker advised the information outlet that clients have been queuing outdoors the restaurant, and that the complete menu was out there.

Newsweek has been unable to independently confirm the claims.

Elsewhere, within the Siberia province, McDonald’s eating places underneath Russian franchisee GiD Llc additionally stay in operation, the press service for the Russian firm advised TASS, Russia’s largest and most outstanding state-owned information company.

McDonald’s signed a take care of the corporate in 2015 to open fast-food eating places within the area within the wake of the 2014 annexation of Crimea by Russia.

“McDonald’s Enterprises in Siberia under the management of GID LLC continue their work. All employees work unchanged. We are open to our guests. All McDonald’s in Siberia work normally. We don’t create a new brand,” the corporate’s press service advised TASS.

The firm manages 25 McDonald’s eating places in Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Tomsk areas, the Altai Republic, Altai and Krasnoyarsk Krai.

Newsweek has reached out to McDonald’s for remark.

McDonald’s was one of many first main restaurant chains to announce that it might droop operations in Russia. Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, and Papa John’s have additionally introduced plans to tug in another country.

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People sit on the terrace of a closed McDonald’s restaurant, the primary to be opened within the Soviet Union in 1990, in Moscow on August 21, 2014. Multiple McDonald’s eating places stay open in Russia, regardless of the corporate formally shutting all places all through the nation amid the Ukraine invasion.

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