No more alcohol in Russia?  

smirkingdevil 48M
7/9/2006 9:35 pm
No more alcohol in Russia?

Ever been to a liquor store? Most have wine, beer and hard spirtis. Well, at the moment, that is not the case in Russia.

The Russian government has decided to change all the certification stickers that go on all the alcohol bottles sold in Russia. This has caught all the suppliers off-guard and they are scrambling to become compliant by becoming recertified.

Imported wine and hard alcohol have been the most affected. It's really weird walking into the supermarket and realizing all the wines have vanished. Want scotch? You'll have to wait. Want brandy? Ditto.

Vodka is plentiful here, but it can be hard to find when things like this happen. People want their liquor and will drink whatever is available, which right now means vodka. It would appear that the vodka producers within the country have already received recertification. Hmmm...

Why is beer unaffected? In Russia, beer is considered non-alcoholic and does not need to be certified. It's common to see young teenagers in a park getting drunk with a liter of beer in their hands.

So, was this just a "money grab" for the Russian elite who happen to own all the vodka and beer factories? Maybe not...

There are a lot of counterfeit products sold in Russia. You can buy most DVD's here for less than 4 dollars. If you know Russian, you can buy "12 movies on one DVD" for the same price!

The old alcohol certificate was pretty easy to counterfeit. All one needed was a color copier and some glue to place over the top of a bottle. The new certificate is pretty tough on the counterfeiters. It uses a hologram and some coding.

They say it may take up to 6 months to have all the suppliers recertified. Some people are in a panic, but they are way too late in reacting now. One of my friends bought over 100 bottles of wine when he saw what was going to happen. Some people just have to have their wine, I guess...

rm_mmmgoodnova 105M/105F
1259 posts
7/10/2006 3:47 am

Interesting...hope you don't hate vodka compared to the other stuff. Your wine-stocking friend was smart and is bound to very popular, now

As for the counterfeit products...don't even get me started...I grew up overseas and as a teenager I had lots of counterfeit cassettes (yes, pre-CD)...usually with misspelled song titles, LOL. But once I got into college and realized what buying them meant in terms of IPR violations, lost royalties to the artists, etc., I stopped. I am an anomaly in that everything in my CD/DVD collection (500+) was legitimately purchased...and I don't allow people to copy my stuff, either. Yeah, I'm rigid like that. But I'm not trying to lecture you, just stating my opinion...and just be careful if/when you try to bring them back into the US...they could be confiscated by customs.

smirkingdevil replies on 7/10/2006 7:39 am:
A Russian coworker and I were comparing iPods one day on the 1 1/2 hour bus ride from work to the "Big City", Chelyabinsk. I told him I had used up about 15 gigabytes of space on my iPod. He then asked how many CDs I had. He expected me to say a number way less than 100. He was shocked then I told him I had over 270 CDs back in the US. Seeing his disbelief, I continued, "REAL CDs. Like from the artists." He just shook his head.

Foreign countries are not the only places to purchase counterfeit stuff. I spent one day in New York City this last April, and while running around Time Square, I saw the same DVDs being sold on the street there as I could buy here in Russia.

rm_meow344 105F
2615 posts
7/10/2006 9:42 am

On the lighter side....

Inhabitant of Nizhniy Tagil to be judged for slaughtering his brother`s hamsters

The Prosecutors Office of Dzerzhinskiy district of Nizhniy Tagil (Sverdlovsk region) directed the criminal case in the attitude of 25- years-old local resident, who is charged with brutal treatment with hamsters.

As the press-service of provincial Prosecutors Office reports on Monday, he is charged on the article 245 Russian Criminal Code ("violent treatment with animals"

"Preliminary investigation established that the man in December 2005, being in the state of alcoholic intoxication, from the hooligan motives inflicted cut wounds with the knife to two located in aquarium small hamsters, after which cared his junior brother. From obtained damages one of the rodents died", it is said in the report.

"The killer of animal will be according to the human laws", emphasizes the press-service.

I dont think the Russian's have to worry so about the lack of wine imports...
Hope all is well in you..~cough~ neck of the forest...meow

smirkingdevil replies on 7/10/2006 5:44 pm:
Don't get me started on obscure Russian laws!

The agreement that is in place here is for us to build a facility to destroy chemical bombs. The Russians will build an identical building to facilitate the destruction, but tap into our utilities. They also agreed to "upgrade" the roads and communities around the destruction site.

Out of nowhere, the Russians pulled out an obscure law that was written ages ago that states, "If you make improvements to the land, you must make all necessary improvements to facilitate delivery of materials to the improved land". This is how they demanded that we "upgrade" ALL the bridges (3 total) leading to our site.

With the bids coming in from our subcontractors being twice as high as what they should, we're pretty sure the Russians want us to build THEIR building as well (kickbacks to government offiicals and the military are a common thing here in Russia).

Nina_Dee 61F

7/10/2006 9:51 am

"One of my friends bought over 100 bottles of wine when he saw what was going to happen. Some people just have to have their wine, I guess..."
There - you now have a friend indeed!!

smirkingdevil replies on 7/10/2006 5:46 pm:
That friend is smarter than we would like him to be. All those bottles are in Moscow!

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