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Russia Shuts McDonald's Restaurants in Sochi, Serpukhov

McDonald's has temporary closed three more restaurants in Russia following inspections by Russia's food safety agency.

In its statement on August 28, McDonald's said operations had been suspended at two restaurants in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi and one in Serpukhov, south of Moscow.

More than 10 McDonald's restaurants have now been shut in Russia, including one in central Moscow whose opening in 1990 was a sign of the Soviet Union opening up to the West.

Regulator Rospotrebnadzor said it ordered the closures for sanitary reasons, but they coincided with heightened tensions over the Ukraine crisis and persistent anti-Westrn propaganda in the Russian state media.

Russia has responded to sanctions imposed by the United States, EU, and other Western countries over Moscow's actions in Ukraine by banning most Western food imports.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax

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