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Vodka will be expensive

April 30 2008

The Russian government approved new measures to combat illegal alcohol products in retail, Vedomosti. In particular, for a bottle of vodka will be introduced mandatory minimum price - 70 rubles. All sales of alcohol will now be declared, and the use of recycled packaging ban.

In addition, the government intends to send to stores staff of the Federal Tax Service with a barcode scanner and a laptop. They will examine the legality of alcohol on the shelves. Also discusses the placement of special terminals at stores where the customer himself will be able to check how authentic they bought a bottle.

Finally, the Interior Ministry is considering changes to laws that impose criminal and would be an additional administrative penalty for failure to provide information to EGAIS. Currently, the manufacturer of alcohol can only deny a license. Those who work without it, virtually impossible to punish.

Now, according to the Ministry of Finance, vodka is cheaper than 70 rubles per half liter is 13.4 percent of the market. In this case, in Kalmykia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Krasnodar and Dagestan, its share reaches 30-65 percent. The average Russian is drinking liters of alcohol annually 12.26. 2.7 liters of them is illegal products.

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