Russia has stepped up its action against restaurant chain McDonald’s, with 200 new investigations into the fast food outlet on various grounds.
In the wake of sanctions on President Putin’s nation following his intervention in the conflict in Ukraine earlier this year, Russia clamped down on a number of restaurants in Moscow over poor hygiene claims.
At the time, experts believed the move was a calculated political hit aimed at the west over measures that have crippled Russian financial institutions and wealthy individuals.
In the wake of these closures, 200 new outlets have now been targeted, McDonald’s Russia said in a statement over the weekend.
The restaurants are being investigated over claims they do not meet hygiene standards and some are also subject to financial queries. McDonald’s has 450 outlets in Russia.