Kremlin swings at a US icon – but hits a Russian business

Shutting down three McDonald's restaurants might seem a symbolic blow to the US. But McDonald's Russia is a successful Russian-owned and -operated company.

By , Correspondent

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Three McDonald's outlets, including the iconic first and largest one on Moscow's Pushkin Square, have been "temporarily" shut down by Russia's main consumer inspection agency in an unprecedented step that critics call a salvo in the escalating sanctions war between Russia and the West.