McDonald’s can’t seem to catch a break in Russia these days.

Russia’s consumer watchdog agency is forcing the American fast-food chain to temporarily close eight more outlets across the country over accusations of sanitary violations, bringing the total closure count to 12. All are owned by the company.

Earlier in the month, the regulator made McDonald’s (MCD) close four restaurants, including its flagship outlet in Moscow that first opened to the public in 1990.

It’s widely suspected that the closures are politically motivated. Many American and European companies are under pressure in Russia as Cold War-style tensions make it increasingly difficult for Western brands to operate.

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