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#UkraineUnderAttack : New York Times Pulls Out All Staff ; Heineken, KFC, Pizza Hut To Suspend Operations In Russia

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The New York Times (NYT) has pulled out all its correspondents from Russia. This comes after a new legislation which seeks to criminalize journalists reporting on Moscow’s invasion in Ukraine by outlawing any references to “war.”

“Very sad day for the history of @nytimes in Moscow. Pulling all its correspondents out of the country. We have had reporters there continuously since 1921, with one or two short interruptions due to visa hiccoughs. Not Stalin, not the Cold War, nothing drove us out,” Neil MacFarquhar, a former NYT Moscow bureau chief tweeted.

The paper announced its formal withdrawal from Russia in a statement Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Heineken has become the latest major brand to halt operations in Russia. The Dutch brewer said it is stopping the sale, production and advertising of its Heineken brand beer in the country.

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Yum Brands Inc, the parent company of fried chicken chain KFC, said it was pausing investment in Russia, a key market that helped the brand achieve record development last year.

Yum also said it was suspending operations of its 70 KFC company-owned restaurants in the country and finalizing an agreement to suspend all Pizza Hut restaurant operations in Russia.

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