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Russians Drank 10M Liters of Counterfeit Whiskey in 2013

Published: February 10, 2014 (Issue # 1796)



  • Whiskey is the most popular beverage with counterfeiters.
    Photo: Travelix / flickr

Russian retailers sold 9.9 million liters of whiskey more than the country imported in 2013, according to official statistics that indicate a lucrative market in counterfeit alcohol.

The State Statistics Service figures were reported Friday by RBC business news website.

The counterfeit whiskey market may be worth at least 8 billion rubles ($230 million), given Russian alcohol prices, the website said.

In 2012, retail sales of whiskey exceeded imports by 7.8 million liters.

Related: Alcohol Binges to Blame for Premature Deaths in Russia

In 2010, the first year in which data on the discrepancy in the amount between retailed and imported whiskey began to be collated, the excess of the spirit sold amounted to 16.8 million liters.

The Russian segment of the Internet hosts numerous sites offering replicas of elite alcohol brands with prices starting at 100 rubles ($2.90) per bottle.

The Federal Alcohol Market Regulatory Service unsuccessfully campaigned last year for the right to block websites offering counterfeit alcohol without a court order.

Whiskey is the most popular beverage with counterfeiters, with rum and tequila also in the top three, a spokesman for the state watchdog said, RBC reported.





 


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