From McDonald’s to TikTok, why are big brands bailing on Russia? | Russia-Ukraine war | Al Jazeera

The rush of brands out of Russia stands in contrast to the response to controversies involving countries such as China.

Since the beginning of March, some 1,200 new punitive measures have been rolled out by the United States, the European Union, Switzerland, Japan, the United Kingdom and other countries, according to German journalism non-profit CORRECTIV. Even so, there is still a lengthy list of Russian entities, corporations and individuals who could yet be targeted.

“Essentially, companies are so worried about falling foul of US sanctions that they let go of all activities, even those that would not be subject to US sanctions,” Demarais told Al Jazeera. “This is something that also happened quite a lot in Iran, especially after the US left the nuclear deal: many EU companies could technically remain in Iran, but still chose to exit the market for fear of unintentionally breaching rules.”

From McDonald’s to TikTok, why are big brands bailing on Russia? | Russia-Ukraine war | Al Jazeera

Why are dictatorships like Saudi Arabia perfectly fine to buy stuff from, as they continue bombing and invading, but others are not?

Why is Israel allowed to host corporations while they bomb other countries illegally, and impose an Apartheid dictatorship on Palestinians living within their own borders?

Why is the US allowed to violate sovereign borders with drones and spy planes, bomb civilians globally, invade multiple countries illegally, commit coups all around the world including in Ukraine, but no country imposes sanctions on the US?