Politics or not? BBC News reports the Russian authorities are temporarily closing four McD sites in Moscow, claiming they are unsanitary.
"Quentin Peel, former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, told the BBC that the checks and closures were "propaganda".
"It's an extraordinary decision, because McDonald's is the great symbol of the West, but at the same time they've set up the most extraordinary network of suppliers in Russia to keep the whole system going.
"There are now something like 300 McDonald's across the country, and they've got an enormous network of people providing them with potatoes, and beef, and everything that goes into the product... In fact, it's going to hit an enormous number of people inside Russia."