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Putin proposes to monopolize alcohol

July 4 2005

Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned about the health of the nation. At the meeting of the State Council of the Russian Federation in Kaliningrad, he advocated the introduction of state monopoly on alcohol production .

According to Mr. Putin, now in the country every year from poor quality alcohol kills 40,000 people. "The best way we could solve the problem, if made by government decision, in fact, leads to the state monopoly on alcohol," - said the president.

The President noted that the existing system currently controls the regions of alcoholic beverages is ineffective. "When it comes to regional (Excise), the brand packs go, buy and sell all these brands. The system does not work, obviously. It's too corrupt," - he stressed.

As Putin said, his opinion is shared by both the government and the relevant leaders promised to move toward this issue as quickly as possible, but step by step, the channel RBC.

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