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A man stands in front of a closed McDonald's restaurant, the first to be opened in the Soviet Union in 1990, in Moscow on August 21, 2014. Russian authorities shuttered four Moscow McDonald's due to alleged sanitary violations on August 20, 2014, including a restaurant that once symbolised reviving Soviet-US ties, as tensions sizzled over Ukraine. The announcement comes in the wake of Russian bans on US and EU food imports in response to Western sanctions over Moscow's perceived backing for rebels in eastern Ukraine. 

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A man stands in front of a closed McDonald's restaurant, the first to be opened in the Soviet Union in 1990, in Moscow on August 21, 2014. Russian authorities shuttered four Moscow McDonald's due to alleged sanitary violations on August 20, 2014, including a restaurant that once symbolised reviving Soviet-US ties, as tensions sizzled over Ukraine. The announcement comes in the wake of Russian bans on US and EU food imports in response to Western sanctions over Moscow's perceived backing for rebels in eastern Ukraine. 

AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOVALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

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Russian officials have forced four McDonald's to close in Moscow over "sanitary violations." Matthew Chance reports.

McDonald's forced to close in Moscow

Russian officials have forced four McDonald's to close in Moscow over "sanitary violations." Matthew Chance reports.