Aug 23, 2009

Medvedev Takes on Alcoholism


He clearly has flat out stopped caring about how the Russian population views him. Gorbachev tried this, too, Medvezhyonok. It didn't really boost his popularity at all. Of course, Russians recently listed alcoholism as the biggest threat to the country (a bigger threat than NATO expansion). This could work. Good luck with this decision. I respect it.

According to Yahoo News, Medvedev intends to start a war on alcoholism. The facts: every Russian man, woman and child consumes the equivalent of 4.8 gallons (18 liters) of pure rubbing alcohol per year, according to the National Institute of Health. Real quick, how do any Russians make it past age 30? They must have super livers to consume that much alcohol.

Anyway, Medvedev's plan: raise taxes on alcohol, toughen labeling laws and ban the sale of alcohol at kiosks and small stores, allowing only big retail outlets a safe distance from any schools, universities, or leisure centers to sell booze. The Duma is apparently on board. We'll see what happens when they reconvene in the fall.

9 comments:

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Medvedev's Waterloo?

Igor said...

They call this photo the "Russian yoga"

Ern said...

Ha! I might have to be that drunk to be that flexible.

Igor said...

For real:

http://alex-bazil.livejournal.com/3264.html

Ern said...

LOL! So the Russian is actually exercising to strengthen his back AND find some spiritual enlightenment?

Dmitri Minaev said...

Better far to die of drink,
than be bored to death!
(V.V.Mayakovsky).

PS: No, I don't drink :)

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Those guys are going to have the hell of a hang over when they wake up. I wonder what would happen whether a buckets of rain began to fall suddenly.

Jeanine said...

The chap is definitely just, and there is no doubt.

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