Russia’s Presidential Staff Buys a Million Bottles of European Wine

on 13/08/14 at 11:35 am

Booze News

_69804452_moldowineafpWhile Russia was publicly wading into a war of words and sanctions with the West this year, the presidential administration bought more than a million bottles of wine from Europe — stocking up on more than its staff can possibly drink or serve out at receptions, a news report said.

Wine is not included in a ban of food imports from the European Union and other Western powers that Moscow introduced this month in response to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, but the volume of government wine imports shows a remarkable increase from a year earlier.

The Production Supply Enterprise, or PPP — which is run by the presidential administration and is in charge of equipping government agencies with everything they need to run smoothly, according to its website — had more than 1 million bottles of wine delivered in the first six months of this year, RBC reported Monday, citing a Federal Customs Service report. That’s 26 percent more than during the same period last year, the report said.