Medvedev classifies beer as alcohol for first time in Russia
on 21/07/11 at 5:04 pmBooze News
On Wednesday, President Dmitry Medvedev signed the law which puts beer in the category of spirits and introduces large-scale restrictions on its retail sales, as well as greatly expands the list of places where its consumption is not allowed. This is the result of nearly 20 years of very successful programs to sell and promote beer as the main alcoholic drink in Russia.
Under the new law that enters into force in 2013, the beer is equivalent to alcohol. Its sales will be banned in the stores from 11pm to 8am, and small retail locations (kiosks, tents) will be subject to the ban on selling beer.
In addition, the list of places where beer consumption is prohibited will be expanded. Currently these areas include parks, gardens, playgrounds, sports facilities, places of public festivals and public transportation. The law accepted on Wednesday added to them yards and porches.
Also, the law bans production and circulation of alcoholic beverages containing ethyl alcohol of less than 7 percent in the consumer packaging of more than 330 milliliters. Additional restrictions are imposed on advertising of alcoholic beverages, including beer and other drinks that had previously belonged to the low- alcohol category.
The explanatory memorandum to the law states that these measures are introduced ” to reduce the abuse of alcoholic beverages and prevent alcoholism among the population of the Russian Federation” as well as “to prevent alcohol abuse among young people.”