McDonald’s has announced plans to finally shut down 850 stores in Russia following social media pressure, the New York Post reports.
The fast food burger join announced the shut down and has promised to continue to pay the 62,000 Russian employees who would be hit by the stores closures.
McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempschinski praised the Russian workers saying “poured their heart and soul into our McDonald’s brand” in a letter to employees of the company.
“Our values mean we cannot ignore the needless human suffering unfolding in Ukraine,” Kempczinski said.
Prior to the Russian stores being shut down, McDonald’s had shut down 100 stores in Ukraine. McDonald’s still pays those employees as well.
Coca-Cola has also announced plans to suspend business in Russia.