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August 19, 2003 by AK

More on the Russian spirits

The alcohol consumption figure made it to the evening news on Russian TV (RTR). The volume estimates I have cited apparently come from a report by United Financial Group, a Moscow-based investment bank. Therefore, they must be estimates of total consumption — moonshine included. The State Statistics Committee (Goskomstat) puts hard liquor consumption at 8 liters per capita per year — way too low compared with UFG’s 20 lpc.


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