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Russia Tries, Once Again, to Rein in Vodka Habit

Russia Tries, Once Again, to Rein in Vodka Habit

Published: November 2, 2009



MYTISHCHI, Russia — It was late on a Monday afternoon at the drunk tank in this Moscow suburb, but it could have been any day, at any hour, at any similar facility across this land. People would come. They always do. Such is Russia’s ruinous penchant for the bottle — and the challenge facing a new government policy to curb it.
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Sweden had the same problem in the late 1800s. Huge temperance movement happened, with plenty of ties to conservative (a good christian doesn't drink, kinda thing) and socialist (drinking is an opium upon the proletariat, kinda thing) politics. Non-drinkers are still very over-represented in parliament here. It was a huge cultural change. For Russia to go the same way would probably be good for Russia, but is it doable right now? can it be done top-down? I doubt it.
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