McDonald's, Coca-Cola leave Russia in response to invasion


McDonald’s and Starbucks are shutting their restaurants and cafes in Russia, and Coca-Cola is suspending its operations there in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. PepsiCo is also pulling some products from the country.

The decisions followed pressure from critics and similar moves by other Western companies. On Twitter, people used boycott hashtags to target companies like McDonald’s and PepsiCo that until Tuesday were quiet about their plans for Russia.
McDonald’s, PepsiCo and other companies were called out by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Before McDonald’s and PepsiCo made their announcements, DiNapoli emailed a number of companies represented in the New York State Common Retirement Fund, including those two companies, urging them to stop doing business with Russia.
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Robert Dunfee