A late-night vodka in Moscow could be a Russian heritage, but maybe not for more if one team gets its way.
A set of activists called Sober Russia are fighting with this federal dependence, which, though on the decline, has been placing tens of thousands of people in hospital.
Russian law prohibits selling alcoholic drinks during the nighttime, together with those captured purchasing and selling booze later hours facing fines of up to 1,500 euros.
It’s but one of many state steps to curtail alcohol consumption in Russia, using a recent report from the World Health Organisation demonstrating it dropped 43 percent between 2003 to 2016.
But some outlets are ignoring regulations.
Sultan Hamzaev, chief of the Sober Russia motion, told Euronews it is not only late-night earnings that place people in danger but a developing counterfeit market.
“Along with the legal area of the current market, there’s a fake part, which also has to be scrapped,” he explained.
Experts state that Russia’s counterfeit sector is worth over $30 million yearly, and it is growing.
“The country knows this, makes a few efforts, but so far they’re unworthy. Our attempts over the last year have shown over 1,500 tonnes of alcohol,” Hamza explained.
Every year over 100,000 Russians seek medical help after ingesting fake alcohol.