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McDonald’s has filed at least eight lawsuits against Russia’s Pension Fund, saying it refused to accept relevant documents from the company, as a result of which McDonald’s Russia employees’ pensions have not been accumulated since 2013, Russian Izvestia newspaper reported Friday.

MOSCOW, September 5 (RIA Novosti) - McDonald’s has filed at least eight lawsuits against Russia’s Pension Fund, saying it refused to accept relevant documents from the company, as a result of which McDonald’s Russia employees’ pensions have not been accumulated since 2013, Russian Izvestia newspaper reported Friday.

“Starting from the third quarter of 2013 and until today, in response to submitted documentation, McDonald’s company receives refusals from Russia’s Pension Fund to accept these documents, which is a direct violation of McDonald’s employees’ rights,” Izvestia quoted McDonald’s Russia Director for Public Relations Svetlana Poliakova as saying.

Poliakova argued that the company submits the documentation to the Pension Fund in accordance with all the requirements.

However, Russia’s Pension Fund representatives explained that the responsibility for McDonald’s employees’ rights violations lies within the company itself, as the majority of submitted documents contained mistakes, including in the names of employees, and the sums of their wages, Izvestia reported.

According to Russia’s Pension Fund, in 2013 the number of mistakes in the documents reached its maximum. The Pension Fund argues that it has repeatedly called on McDonald’s managers to correct the mistakes and resubmit the papers, but the company ignored its all requests. So, the accounts on the basis of which the pension rights are formed, were not ready.

The McDonald’s corporation, founded in 1940, is the world’s largest fast-food chain. The company has more than 35,000 outlets in 119 countries. McDonald's revenue for 2013 exceeded $28 billion.

As of the beginning of 2014, there were 424 of the chain’s branches operating in Russia.

According to a poll, conducted by SuperJob’s Research Center, 62 percent of Russian respondents would support the closure of all McDonald’s restaurants in Russia.

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