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Posted on Jan 2, 2010
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Russian vodka is the latest to get a price increase. Since August, Russia’s tax on beer has tripled.

At a time of the year when alcohol consumption is traditionally up in Russia, a campaign against alcoholism launched recently by President Dmitry Medvedev will substantially raise the price of vodka. The cost of the cheapest half liter will increase to at least 89 rubles (about $3) from about 50 rubles. —JCL

The Times Online

Minimum prices for vodka have been introduced as part of President Medvedev’s campaign to combat alcoholism at a time when Russians traditionally drink heavily.

The price of the cheapest half-litre vodka bottle will nearly double to a minimum of 89 roubles (£1.82). Shops in Moscow carry a wide selection of vodka, with luxury brands priced at more than ten times the new minimum. Elsewhere, the cheapest vodka can be bought for 51 roubles.

The lengthy new year and Orthodox Christmas holidays in Russia, which last from January 1 to 11, are traditionally marked by increased alcohol consumption. The bottles in the form of Russian traditional Matryoshka dolls are part of a museum illustrating the development of the drink since the 15th century.

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By rollzone, January 3, 2010 at 11:25 pm Link to this comment

hello. obvious money grab for personal wealth on the way out. he wrote his own tax. i am confused, however about what pisses off an alcoholic more? they always find the money when costs increase, so it must be the prohibition move. the public relations people lie about trying to cut down consumption; it is just how they spin the bad news that your leader is raping your pocket for his personal retirement monies. they really do not want anyone to drink less, they just want you to get drunk and numb -to the fact that you have to pay more. the last thing they want are angry drunks. drink up, because even worse are the insane teetotallers. you never know what they are going to do against you: because of your intoxicated power of monetary rape.

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By Inherit The Wind, January 3, 2010 at 9:17 pm Link to this comment

Time to invest in a Russian vodka distillery!

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By liecatcher, January 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

No surprise about Russian alcoholics,but the U.K. who
would’ve believed it. Now hard drugs, that’s a
different story,after all our masters across the pond
started with opium wars to enslave the world, & the
U.S. is now the largest drug consuming country on the
planet & mother England’s largest colony. The “WEB OF
DEBT” laced with addictive drugs, guarantees profits & enslavement.
Blair / Bush, Brown / Bama, nothing left to chance.

“LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s chief doctor is
expected to advise the government on Monday to
sharply raise the price of alcohol to try to combat
soaring levels of so-called “binge drinking,”
especially among young people.”
And some members of Parliament are complaining that
alcoholism is costing the government’s healthcare
system big bucks.

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By PatrickHenry, January 3, 2010 at 8:45 am Link to this comment

Makers of distilling equipment unite!

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By sollipsist, January 3, 2010 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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I’m torn between contempt for yet another tax that will overwhelmingly impact the poor (they’ve had it good for so long, right?) and the fact that $3 a bottle is still really cheap. Like, 1/10th of what you’d pay for Absolut or Skyy…and less expensive than a pack of smokes…

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, January 3, 2010 at 1:57 am Link to this comment

Alcoholism is a huge problem in this part of the world.  Especially at the New Year.  It is a tradition going back centuries and is an integral part of the culture.  Money is not the issue here but this law is a stupid attempt to stop something that cannot be fixed with new taxes.  Raising the price just means more of the family’s income goes to drink and there is less for other essentials.  I see young kids, some as young as 10, already sucking on a beer with their older siblings.  By the time they reach manhood, many are already hardcore alcoholics.  The disturbing trend now is for young women to follow suit.  Society accepts men will drink but it is a terrible stigma for a woman to do the same.

The root causes of this problem are culture and the disintegration of society due to the bad economics of the region.  Many are out of work or stuck in jobs they despise.  There is little hope for the future so everyone drinks to numb their pain.  The governments are powerless and unwilling to make the changes needed to help.  They are too concerned about wealth and power to fix the problem.  So Medvedev’s solution is stupid and will fail (just like Gorbachev in the 80s).

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By DieDaily, January 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm Link to this comment

Vodka, yum. I was able to use the scientific method to determine whether President Dmitry Medvedev actually cared vs. he was just eager for some easy tax dinaros courtesy of one of the notorious poor-tax methods. I determined that he just wanted the cash from the poor, big surprise. Whenever politicians tell a lie, they do unconsciously exhibit a facial cue that I use to detect the lie instantly. (Their lips move).

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By Marshall K, January 2, 2010 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment

Oh boy.  Another war on drugs doomed to fail.  Maybe if
the leaders worked instead on trying to make Russia a
better place to live, people wouldn’t feel the need to
escape in an cheap alcohol induced stupor.

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