Russian Vodka Prices Soar
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
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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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