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McDonald's Withdrawal From Russia Might Sting The Most

  • Inc., Sunday, March 13, 2022 7:07 PM

While McDonald’s is hardly the only U.S. company to cut ties with Russia after the Ukraine invasion, the effects of its withdrawal may be more wide-reaching. Since opening its first location there in 1990, the company has grown to 62,000 employees at more than 850 restaurants. “It was McDonald's that opened the door for so many others, and that served as a symbol for something much bigger than fast food back, 32 years ago,” per Inc. “More than 30,000 ordinary Soviet citizens waited six hours or more. When they first tried a hamburger and French fries--their first taste of America, really--it was a life-changing moment.”

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