Alcohol

Russia's War on Vodka

Russia is at war against vodka, as elected officials aim to help wean the country off the alcohol. Want proof? Moscow has announced a ban of overnight sales, forbidding the city's residents from purchasing vodka from 10pm to 10am. According to The Guardian, the average Russian consumes a liter and a half of pure alcohol every month. Most of the sauce is produced on the black market. In some villages, the moonshine works as a second currency. Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev first declared war on consumption last summer, asking the government to make measures to discourage drinking and undercut bootleggers.