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Russian Duma Deputy Calls For Checks On Ronald McDonald House

A deputy in the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has called for an inspection of the activities of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) organization.

The Russian daily "Izvestia" reported on September 1 that Andrei Krutov from the A Just Russia party sent a request to Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika to investigate how funds being contributed to the RMHC fund in Russia were being used.

"Where is the money going? How reliable are accounting figures?" Krutov was quoted as asking.

Krutov also claimed RMHC is not registered as a foreign agent with Russia's Justice Ministry even though it is a foreign-owned organization.

Ronald McDonald House Charities was started 40 years ago to help children with medical problems.

The "Izvestia" article noted that RMHC has denied any wrongdoing and said its activities in Russia are fully in accordance with Russian laws.

McDonald's restaurants in Russia have become targets in the growing sanctions war between Russia and the West.

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.

Based on reporting by "Izvestia"