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Russia sets minimum price for vodka
Yahoo News (AP) ^ | January 2, 2009

Posted on 01/02/2010 10:57:11 AM PST by UAConservative

Edited on 01/02/2010 10:59:39 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

MOSCOW The price of the cheapest vodka on the Russian market more than doubled Friday as the government set a minimum price in an effort to fight rampant alcoholism.

Drinking causes an extraordinary number of deaths in Russia, where male life expectancy is about 60 years, and it contributes to an array of economic and social problems.


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TOPICS: Food; Society
KEYWORDS: price; russia; vodka
Price fixing won't solve the problem.
1 posted on 01/02/2010 10:57:13 AM PST by UAConservative
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To: UAConservative
MOSCOW – The price of the cheapest vodka on the Russian market more than doubled Friday as the government set a minimum price in an effort to fight rampant alcoholism.

One would have thought that the first round with the Soviet Union would have taught them well, apparently it didn't and they are going to follow that same road to economic destruction as we are for the first time, again.

Pesky history repeating itself again...

2 posted on 01/02/2010 11:02:11 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: UAConservative

Russia is a morally bankrupt society and they are doomed to failure.


3 posted on 01/02/2010 11:08:11 AM PST by blackminorca
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To: UAConservative
Drinking causes an extraordinary number of deaths in Russia, where male life expectancy is about 60 years, and it contributes to an array of economic and social problems.

Government regulation of life in general has proven to be the root cause of most personal ills of life.

Life, Liberty, and that all but annoying pursuit of happiness personally seems to work the best.

4 posted on 01/02/2010 11:11:48 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: UAConservative; ct_libertarian

Comrade, if the cheaper stuff is still good, export it all to the US instead!


5 posted on 01/02/2010 11:17:11 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: DTogo

A truly good potato vodka is getting harder to find. I’m currently buying a Polish brand. Good stuff, BTW.


6 posted on 01/02/2010 11:20:30 AM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

I’ve got a bottle of Luksusowa in my pantry right now with a couple vanilla beans inside. Now that’s some yummy stuff.


7 posted on 01/02/2010 11:33:21 AM PST by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: UAConservative

The people that want it will get it... The Russians are experts at making “moonshine”.. which they call “Samigon”. They make it from anything that will ferment.. Actually I have had some that is really good..made from fermented apricots.

I have been in this part of the world for 5 years now, and I have a whole different opinion as to the root cause of so much alcoholism here. It is a cultural thing..nothing to do with hopelessness, or moral bankruptcy, or oppressive government..The Russians just like booze..Period. They toss back straight vodka like we drink beer. Its just what they do and nothing anyone does is going to change it anyways soon. Also even at double the price..its still gonna be cheap by our standards. I still use vodka for windshield washer fluid in the winter..dollar a bottle stuff does the job just fine.


8 posted on 01/02/2010 11:48:50 AM PST by flash2368
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To: blackminorca

Actually, the present Russia is more Christian than the USA. Putin has even introduced religion teaching to all state schools.


9 posted on 01/02/2010 12:00:41 PM PST by RolandOfGilead
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To: blackminorca

Be careful throwing stones about like that in this house.


10 posted on 01/02/2010 12:05:47 PM PST by RC one
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To: UAConservative
My Russian friend explained to me that Russian vodka production has been consolidated to the point where no matter what Russian vodka you buy, there is no real territorial/traditional distinction between them. The method or the number of times it's been distilled may vary, but it's all essentially the same stuff.

At least that's what they explained to me over vodka.

11 posted on 01/02/2010 12:45:22 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: flash2368
I still use vodka for windshield washer fluid in the winter..dollar a bottle stuff does the job just fine.
That just seems wrong.
12 posted on 01/02/2010 12:47:49 PM PST by narses ('in an odd way this is cheering news!'.)
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To: MHGinTN

Luksusowa? I’ve been enjoying French Vodka: V.


13 posted on 01/02/2010 12:50:54 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: MHGinTN
I am a fan of Russkiya Standart.

Helpful safety tip:Leave Ukrainian Vodka alone, or you'll learn about regrets, things that might have been, and decisions you made that went terribly, terribly awry.....PRAVDA!

14 posted on 01/02/2010 12:55:13 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: RC one

What “stones”

I am just speaking the truth.


15 posted on 01/02/2010 12:58:11 PM PST by blackminorca
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To: RolandOfGilead

What Christian church do they have in Russia?
The one run by the KGB?

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5594067.ece


16 posted on 01/02/2010 12:59:21 PM PST by blackminorca
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To: blackminorca

17 posted on 01/02/2010 1:11:08 PM PST by RC one
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To: UAConservative

Price fixing has led to a lot of “yellow death” in Russia. Otherwise healthy 20 somethings are dying from the cleaning agent used to cut the bootleg vodka. There are pics of it all over the net. Really sad, scary stuff.


18 posted on 01/02/2010 1:13:15 PM PST by mysterio
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To: MHGinTN; Eepsy; DTogo

My wife swears by Chopin, which is very good, but pricy.

I like Luksusova, which is inexpensive, and a true Polish potato vodka.

However, there’s one made here in the States, Grand Teton, which is pretty good, and is in the middle of the price between Chopin and Luksusova.

I do prefer potato vodka to the other stuff (rice/grain/whatever).


19 posted on 01/02/2010 2:14:28 PM PST by Ro_Thunder ("Other than ending SLAVERY, FASCISM, NAZISM and COMMUNISM, war has never solved anything")
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To: flash2368
They will make potato vodka like they do here in the states, I have never seen anyone buy as many potato's as the Russian and Ukrainians do.
20 posted on 01/02/2010 2:40:46 PM PST by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: Ro_Thunder
Luksusova is what I was referring to. It has the best flavor for a dry Martini.
21 posted on 01/02/2010 2:53:08 PM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: UAConservative
"President Dmitry Medvedev, who has publicly decried Russia's drinking problem and its effect on the nation's well being, has ordered a series of measures aimed at reducing sales."

Medvedev should lead by better example...propped up at the G8..


22 posted on 01/02/2010 3:24:25 PM PST by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Daffynition

Wobbly, just like a Democrat Senator don’tchaknow.


23 posted on 01/02/2010 6:55:44 PM PST by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: blackminorca

I have lived in Eastern Europe for over 5 years now. I have been amazed at the values & faith these people have. You hear about the extremes in the press, the reality is very different.


24 posted on 01/03/2010 2:22:41 AM PST by flash2368
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To: flash2368

“I have lived in Eastern Europe for over 5 years now. I have been amazed at the values & faith these people have. “

My comments were directed at Russia - not Eastern Europe with countries like Poland and Ukraine that will be a beacon of ideals for the rest of Europe.

Russia is morally bankrupt - it has an invented history, an invented culture, and it invents new rules and laws as they deem necessary. The KGB head of the church is a case in point as its claim that they have a lineage to Kyiv Rus.
Ha! There was no Russia back then only Muscovy which was a collection of huts in a swamp when Kyiv was a leading European city.


25 posted on 01/03/2010 8:51:01 AM PST by blackminorca
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