McDonald’s Shuts Down in Crimea

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Closed in Crimea.
Closed in Crimea. Photo: McDonald's Ukraine

McDonald’s posted a statement online today indicating that it will move to shut down three locations in Crimea. The language in its terse, four-paragraph note diplomatically cites "manufacturing reasons" as the cause and indicates the change is "temporary." The company, however, which operates the non-franchised locations, is offering Crimean employees a one-way trip to be closer to other still-functioning restaurants, where they’ll get the same jobs and salaries, moving costs for the whole family, and three months’ rent.

Closed in Crimea.
Closed in Crimea. Photo: McDonald's Ukraine

Moscow is none too thrilled, of course. One politician is issuing threats — though unlikely — to close all of Russia’s McDonald’s locations. Crimea’s new deputy prime minister, meanwhile, says Russia has tons of its own fast-food chains to "promptly take this niche" — delightful news for McDuck, McPeak, and Russia’s other McDonald’s knockoffs.

Crimea: No More McDonald’s or Methadone After Annexation [Guardian]
Kitchen’s Too Hot in Crimea Where McDonald’s Shuts Restaurants [ABC]