No McDonald's, No Plastic: Crimea Isolated One Year Later

The McDonald's in the coastal city of Yalta in Crimea used to be one of the busiest restaurants on the waterfront. It now stands closed. A chewed up not on the door says it's closed "due to circumstances beyond our control." Celebrations took place in Crimea on Monday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a disputed referendum to join Russia after Moscow's military entered the Ukrainian peninsula. But the festivities in the peninsula's capital of Simferopol did little to hide the isolation that has resulted from the controversial annexation and international sanctions which followed.
McDonald's was not the only international company to withdraw from Crimea: many others followed, including PayPal, Amazon, and even Russian banks.