Moscow has banned night-time sales of vodka and other spirits starting from Wednesday night. It’s part of a nationwide drive to curb alcohol abuse and the crime and disease it brings.
Sales of drinks containing more than 15% alcohol will be outlawed between 10pm and 10am the next day, bringing the Russian capital into line with several regions.
Tens of thousands of Russians die every year from alcohol-related diseases. Life expectancy for men is just 60 according to the World Health Organisation, lower than in countries such as Bangladesh and Honduras.
Bars and restaurants are not affected by the ban.
President Medvedev has described alcoholism as a “national disaster”. But the campaign’s been slightly undermined by Russia’s finance minister. He says the more vodka people drink and the more cigarettes they smoke, the more they’ll fill the state’s coffers and help solve the country’s social problems.