Big international companies continuing to work in Putin's Russia – list

21 March, 12:58 PM
Nestle, the world's largest food producer, refuses to leave Russia. (Photo:AgroPortal)

Nestle, the world's largest food producer, refuses to leave Russia. (Photo:AgroPortal)

Russia has been waging war against Ukraine for the fourth week in a row. Hundreds of international companies have refused to work in the aggressor nation. But not all. Who’s left?

Invading Russian forces are not only shelling military facilities, but also residential buildings, hospitals, schools, and city infrastructure.

This has led to an exodus of international firms, for example, the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world - Boeing and Airbus, who now refuse to sell and service aircraft of Russian airlines. Russian planes no longer have a place to fly to – the EU countries, the United States, and many others have closed their airspace to them. It is impossible to buy new clothing collections at H&M, Mango, Marks&Spencer or Burberry – these stores have also closed their doors.

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Payment systems are also leaving Russia. The SAP software manufacturer, whose services were used by many large Russian companies, has also refused to continue its operations there.

However, not everyone has taken this step. NV Business compiled a list of companies that continue to operate in Russia, despite its murderous actions towards Ukrainian civilians and its unprovoked imperialist war of aggression.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal attempted to convince the Nestle food company to close its businesses in Russia due to aggression against Ukraine, but failed.

"I talked with CEO Mark Schneider about the unethical work of the company in Russia, Shmyhal wrote on Twitter.

“Unfortunately, I didn't find any common ground with him.“

Nestle has seven factories for the production of food, sweets, and animal feed in Russia.

The Japanese JTI tobacco company (Winston, Mevius, Camel, Sobranie, Glamor and LD) owns four factories, of which two – Petro in Russia's St. Petersburg and Donskoy Tabak in Rostov-on-Don, produce finished products. Two more factories are engaged in the processing of raw tobacco – J. T. I. Yelets in Russia's Lipetsk Oblast, and Kres Neva in Leningrad Oblast.

U.S.-based Kellogg's company, which produces chips under the Pringles trademark.

The U.S.-based Burger King fast food restaurant chain, which operates 704 locations in Russia: The franchise owner, Canada's Restaurant Brands International, insists on closing the business, but a Russian partner, businessman Alexander Kolobov, refuses to comply with this decision.

Chupa Chups, a Spanish manufacturer of world-famous lollipops.

The U.S.-based Kimberly-Clark corporation, which manufactures products for healthcare, personal, professional, and industrial hygiene.

French make-up brand Vivienne Sabo.

Italian underwear and beachwear manufacturer Calzedonia, which has a branded network in Russia.

Italian clothing chain Max Mara, which has 13 outlets throughout Russia.

The South Korean company LG, which owns a plant in the village of Dorokhovo in Russia's Moscow Oblast.

The representative office of the German household appliance manufacturer Miele in Russia.

The German concern BSH (Bosch&Siemens) owns a plant near St. Petersburg.

The German company Bayer, which operates in agriculture and the pharmaceutical market.

German company D-Basf, the world's largest chemical concern.

Japanese company Yamaha.

Japanese corporation Toshiba.

French hypermarket Auchan, which owns 241 stores in Russia.

The UK-based chain Tesco operates 10 food and non-food stores in Russia.

French building materials supermarket chain Leroy Merlin, which operates 112 stores in Russia.

The French-Turkish network LC Waikiki owns 20 stores in Russia.

Austrian Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), whose net profit in Russia has grown by 7.6% year-over-year, and reached RUB 41 billion ($560 million at the pre-war rate).

The Hungarian banking group OTP, which has received RUB 6 billion of net profit over nine months of 2021 ($82 million at the pre-war rate).

French group Credit Agricole.

French financial company BNP Paribas.

Earlier the list included Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co, Samsung, Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Henkel, Uniqlo, AB InBev Efes, but they have closed or suspended their business in Russia.

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