Well, Yes….

The Russian government has set a minimum price for vodka that more than doubles the cost of the cheapest vodka on the market in an effort to fight rampant alcoholism.

The last time they tried this under Gorbachov the country ran out of sugar in two weeks.

Expect to see sales of black pepper rise and similarly, the number of cases of samogon poisoning to rise.

8 comments on “Well, Yes….

  1. According to Peter Kenez, ‘Brief History of the Soiet Union From Beginning To End’, Gorby’s fiddling with the price of vodka also birthed the Russian mafia.

    Somebody tell Alex Salmond.

  2. This also sounds like something beneficial for us to keep an eye on from the perspective of those health fascists who think it’s a good idea here too.

  3. @Julia M
    according to Tims full commentary on this –

    The stuff (samogon)is usually so badly made that it is full of fusil oils which can make you blind in quite short order. Thus the practice of dousing it in black pepper which makes the pepper and those fusil oils sink to the bottom where they won’t get drunk: and thus also the origin of pepper vodka.

    Would we expect to see an increase in the manufacturing of this bathtub vodka as the price rises? Well, yes, because this is what happened last time. Back in the 80s Gorbachov tried to reduce consumption and within about three weeks the country had run out of sugar (the main ingredient in samogon) and a couple of weeks after that of pepper.

  4. The ‘fusil oils’ merely give you a headache.

    Badly brewed and distilled vodka can have methanol in with the ethanol, and the methanol is what will blind you.

    On the main point, I say reduce the price to zero – let’s see some faster evolution in action. There’s already too damn many people, Russians and Brits especially, what cannot hold their liquor.

  5. The Russian government has set a minimum price for vodka that more than doubles the cost of the cheapest vodka on the market in an effort to fight rampant alcoholism.

    That’ll be an increase to about 10 roubles (20p) per litre, then. There is little difference between the cheapest vodka in Russia and the stuff you make at home.

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