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11/30/2006 01:42 PM ID: 58628 Permalink   

Russian Minister calls for "People's Vodka"

 

The head of Russia's union of wine and spirits producers Osman Paragulgov has called for the introduction of a "People's (or Social) Vodka". A drink to replace the fake and often dangerous alternatives many Russians drink on a daily basis.

His idea is to package the Peoples Vodka into bottles plain enough to be identified as Vodka but not too plain as to embarrass those purchasing it. Whilst at the same be bland enough not to draw drinkers who can afford "Real" Vodka.

It seems a contradiction that the alcohol businesses in Russia would be calling on the government to provide a cheap alternative to their own products. But with 40,000 deaths to "Fake Vodka" last year alone
the new "People's Vodka" could save lives.

 
  Source: news.bbc.co.uk  
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  24 Comments
  
  You'd think...  
 
the Russian's would learn... The fake vodka will kill you!

It's a good idea to get it out though, save a few lives..
 
  by: dook   11/30/2006 01:58 PM     
  You'd have thought they would be bored of the...  
 
...same old drink by now, maybe they should switch to something else like malibu for a change?
 
  by: sparky_fox   11/30/2006 02:41 PM     
  but...  
 
In Russia, vodka drinks you!
 
  by: Rough Ian     11/30/2006 03:18 PM     
  yuck... i hate vodka  
 
i agree with sparky; malibu, bacardi or anything... vodka is horrible!
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     11/30/2006 04:43 PM     
  Hey cool  
 
I love novelty drinks.

I'll buy some with my filthy American capitalist dollars when they create this.
 
  by: Hollywood   11/30/2006 05:03 PM     
  Real men drink vodka  
 
'nuff said.
 
  by: ChaoticVengeance     11/30/2006 05:19 PM     
  @chaotic  
 
Glad i am not "real men" or even close!
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     11/30/2006 05:20 PM     
  @Dark  
 
Should I perceive that as an insult directed at me? Seriously, I can't tell. After two days of sleep loss the subtleties of language slip through my fingers. I'm getting to the point where I can see little black bugs jumping around the corners of my eyes every now and again. My brain is a little fuzzy right now...
 
  by: chaoticvengeance     11/30/2006 05:45 PM     
  kitsch  
 
while it would probably help the situation, making it *bland enough* not to compete with the private sector seems a bit far-fetched... if russia wants to have a state-produced vodka, they should make it taste good - or at least have a nicer version for the market abroad: i think it could catch on, v. kitsch! also: vodka's great. it does come in many different varieties (excluding different flavours) and is made from a range of different bases. it's usually very clean to drink and doesn't give you the same level of hangover or damage your system as much as other alcoholic drinks... vodka rocks
 
  by: rcavi     11/30/2006 05:50 PM     
  @ chaotic  
 
i wouldn't directly insult anyone... you should know that by now!
and i wasn't indirectly insulting you either.
umm, r you sure the little back bugs are from lack of sleep or are you like the guy in scanner darkly?
=P
i just hate vodka and i am a female, thats all my comment meant... i am glad i am not a man and don't drink vodka!
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     11/30/2006 06:06 PM     
  ..  
 
Good idea, addiction will make you do weird things. There are already state subsidised cigarrettes i believe. they called Victory maybe?.. i hope so
 
  by: pornohippy   11/30/2006 06:07 PM     
  hahahahahaha.  
 
Guess what-- if the death-poison is cheaper than the 'real' vodka (of which there are dozens of choices) then the poorest people will still buy it.

They have to outlaw the kiosks that sell the stuff 'disquised' as cologne. it's like buying paper flowers in little glass tubes at an American gas-station-- it ain't for smelling pretty, but is for smoking crack!

Vodka, vodka, vodka.... damn stupid idiots.

Also, they keep brewing this stuff with old car parts that have lead in them... idiots.
 
  by: theironboard     11/30/2006 06:23 PM     
  Just saw a news story on this  
 
Deutsche Welle's European Journal followed some cops in Pskov, where they were going to homes of suspected "distillers" but what amazed me was that they don't get a search warrant and bust the door down. They always knock first, and say the people inside always pour it down the drains before they can get inside.
 
  by: caution2     11/30/2006 07:31 PM     
  Alternatives?  
 
I remember people drinking brake fluid (stolen from both aircraft and automotive) as well as putting bread on top of shoe polish to get all of the "good" fumes. Truly horrible means of getting either inebriated or dead. Ah, the good ol' days!
 
  by: Zpravodajec     11/30/2006 07:48 PM     
  Does no-one see this?  
 
1. Place hefty tax on vodka imports
2. People brew their own for lack of money
3. Reveal new 'people's vodka' - owned by the state

More state ownership - for happy komrades.
 
  by: ofWolfAndMan   11/30/2006 11:00 PM     
  Actually...  
 
Right now there are a load of fatalaties from people drinking bad-brew... 'vodka' that is straight poison.

Several have died in Latvia and Lithuania.... I dunno about Russia.
 
  by: theironboard     11/30/2006 11:11 PM     
  This reminds me of soldiers in Desert Storm  
 
In the first Persian Gulf war in Iraq people were drinking rubbing alcohol and going blind. Freaking retards from my perspective.
 
  by: LuxFestinus     12/01/2006 01:00 AM     
  mmmmm  
 
im so off to russiato buy a few bottles of that peoples vodka and bringing it back with me heheheh

vodka rulez!
 
  by: starlock   12/01/2006 03:26 AM     
  How do you like your vodka?  
 
A question to all the regulars here, do you drink Vodka? if so how do you take it or have you a preferred other type of drink.

I like two shots of vodka mixed with a red bull energy drink, you can get really drunk and still have enough wits about you to enjoy it.
 
  by: sparky_fox   12/01/2006 04:29 AM     
  Mmm Vodka  
 
I will have D/Angels then if she does not want it,anyone have the tonic please? :)
 
  by: captainJane     12/01/2006 04:48 AM     
  @ spary fox  
 
with tissues and a private place to i can cry my heart out after the trauma!
the onyl tie i drank vodka was forced in a "spin the bottle" (truth or dare) game and i deserved it because i made my friend do something really bad!
 
  by: DarkAngelJG     12/01/2006 11:38 AM     
  @sparky  
 
Although I do love vodka, my preferred drink is a Jager bomb. I mix in 1 part red bull with 2 or three parts Jager. It's a really unique state of being drunk.
 
  by: chaoticvengeance     12/01/2006 11:52 AM     
  @Sparky  
 
JD on the rocks or with a splash of coke (for colouring).

Vodka's drinkable with coke but only after everything else has been drunk! Like DarkAngle I've had a few "moments" with Vodka before now, so try and avoid the stuff :P

Anyway, back to the plot...

I think a peoples vodka would be a good idea but cant see it happening to be absolutly honest. The reason people by the dodgy cheap stuff is because of its cost. Peoples Vodka although bargain basement, may still not be able to compete with the really cheap stuff.
 
  by: spacechimp     12/01/2006 12:56 PM     
  @sparky  
 
I love vodka, and my favorite has to be Monopolowa, it is so smooth you can't taste it. Usually a red bull vodka or a screwdriver.
 
  by: caution2     12/02/2006 04:42 AM     
 
 
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