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McDonald's, Moscow Style, Is Back, as Russian Economy Stumbles On

By Anton Troianovski and Ivan Nechepurenko

11 Jun 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

After Putin ordered the Ukraine invasion, Western companies, including McDonald’s, pulled out of Russia. But the rise of a local replacement shows the reliance of the Russian economy. The NYT reports.

Yevgeny Shumilkin is going back to work Sunday. To prepare, he pulled the familiar “M” off what had been his McDonald’s shirt and covered the “M” on his McDonald’s jacket with a Russian flag patch.

“It will be the same buns,” promised Shumilkin, who maintains the equipment at a restaurant in Moscow. “Just under a different name.”

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