Russia’s thirst for imported alcohol

Posted on August 20, 2006 

Russia’s thirst for imported alcohol

For weeks, spirits and hugely popular wines from Europe and the New World have been missing from the shelves of Russia’s stores. It is to do with a crackdown from the Kremlin, suspicious that alcohol importers are avoiding paying the correct level of excise duty.

When I first came here as a student 15 years ago, everyone drank vodka.

It came in simple glass bottles with no-nonsense names like Stolichnaya (or Capital) and Moskovskaya (or Moscow), and they had foil covers instead of real lids.

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