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Moscow Looks to Crack Down on Alcohol Abuse

8. October 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

In a move to lessen widespread Russian alcohol abuse, President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed a ban on outdoor beer sales in the country as well as a limit on the number of hours per day that alcohol can be sold.

Additionally, Russian legislators this week introduced a bill to sharply raise taxes on beer and wine and state prosecutors are looking to ban liquor sales in Russian airports.

All of it is in response to alarming statistics on alcohol-related deaths in the country, which are reportedly much higher than they were in the 1990s.

The problem has plagued Russia for decades. In the 1980s, Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev enacted dramatic initiatives designed to curb alcohol abuse, including shutting down wineries and breweries. Medvedev says he supports similar but more cautious actions in order to curb the current rise in alcohol consumption.