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Vladimir Putin brings the Cold War back to McDonald's
Vladimir Putin brings the Cold War back to McDonald's

McDonald's long has been the great commercial bellwether of Russian-American relations. The company stepped proudly into that role in 1990, when it opened its first restaurant in Moscow's Pushkin Square and created an immediate sensation. There was worldwide coverage of the event, during which what was then the world's biggest McDonald's served a record 30,000 meals in a day. Now the glow has worn off. As bilateral relations have cooled, many of the 435 McDonald's restaurants in the country have become targets of national and regional officials. The company says officially that nine have been closed -- including the landmark Pushkin Square location -- but...

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