Employees remove a trash can outside a McDonald's restaurant, which was earlier closed for clients, in the Crimean city of Simferopol April 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)
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McDonald's announced Friday it had closed its restaurants in Crimea, prompting fears of a backlash as a prominent Moscow politician called for all the U.S. fast food chain's outlets in Russia to be shut.The company's decision was welcomed by the deputy speaker of the Russian parliament, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who demanded that McDonald's pull its business out of Russia entirely.McDonald's, which currently operates more than 400 restaurants in Russia, was the first international fast-food chain to tap the Russian market when it opened in Moscow's Pushkin Square before the collapse of the Soviet Union.Russian moves to shun McDonald's could easily backfire, according to Russian newswire RBK, which detailed Russian food suppliers to McDonald's that would suffer as a result.
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