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    Russia increases alcohol tax by 500%!!!

    I just came over this story from 3 days ago. What do you guys think?

    Russia Quintuples Alcohol Tax
    AP, Mar 28 2007
    By John Dertus

    Moscow - The Russian Duma passed today a new strict tax code that would in effect quintuple the tax on all alcohol, including the much famed vodka.

    The new tax code will come into effect May 1st and is designed to reduce Russia's massive consumption of alcoholic beverages. "Our people are drinking themselves to death", says Ivan Kradkov, United Russia Duma member, "this year alone we have 2000 alcohol related deaths. This tax will encourage people to think twice".

    A bottle of decent vodka under the new tax code will cost $20, as opposed to $5 right now. Beer prices, already highly taxed, will sky-rocket from $1 to $10.

    Similar measures were put into effect under Gorbachev in the 1980's, when alcohol sales were banned altogether, with devastating effect to the economy and little public health effect. In fact, alcohol consumption increased by 10% while the GDP decreased by 22%.

    "This time it is going to be different", Kradkov continues, "under Gorbachev the black market thrived, countering the governments efforts, while this time we will have measures in place. Some call it the rise of the Votchina again, but it really is a counter-black market push", alluding to the repressive Votchina under Ivan the Terrible, where hundreds of thousands innocent peasants were brutally murdered.

    As Vladimir Putin, a well known abstainer from alcohol, tightens his grip around the Kremlin, some positive effects of his leadership can be seen. Every year 25 000 people suffer from alcohol related deaths and another 100 000 are hospitalized. This new law will put Russia in line with other Western countries and hopefully reduce these ill-flattering figures.

    Demonstrators were to be seen outside the Kremlin for a short period, before they were brutally knocked down by the Votchina. In Putin's Russia, there can be no room for dissent.
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    What kind of beer will be $10? If this story is true then everybody will get out their kitchen still (stills are readily available in every home goods store and renok)and there will be a run on sugar (makes a sweet vodka at about 80-100 proof). There will also be a lot more deaths from people drinking bad moonshine or wood alcohol and cheap cologne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB
    If this story is true then everybody will get out their kitchen still (stills are readily available in every home goods store and renok)and there will be a run on sugar (makes a sweet vodka at about 80-100 proof). There will also be a lot more deaths from people drinking bad moonshine or wood alcohol and cheap cologne.
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    B.....t ? That we don't have stills? Don't know how to make moonshine? Or don't drink bad/fake booze?
    Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

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    Alcohol taxes are good!

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    For those who never drink alcohol, hm.
    «И всё, что сейчас происходит внутре — тоже является частью вселенной».

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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian newspaper said on Wednesday lawmakers were considering raising cigarette and alcohol taxes to save the troubled and underfunded Mir space station.
    I'm easily amused late at night...

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    So, smoke up guys! Be patriotic.

    У вас есть спички, товарищи? Живите долго, Mать Россия!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB
    There will also be a lot more deaths from people drinking bad moonshine or wood alcohol and cheap cologne.
    They said so during Gorbachev's anti-alchohol campaign. But statistics proved it to be the other way round - death rate decreased noticeably.

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    Еще раз США в авангарде! В 1920гг. старались совсем запретить пить и изготовить алкоголь. В России будет тот же выход, как у нас. См. Поправку XVIII к конституции США.

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    BTW: For those who believed my story: April Fools!!!
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    Акцизные налоги всегда были высокие. Они могут легко забирать 80-90% дохода. Так что ничего удивительного.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalinka_vinnie
    BTW: For those who believed my story: April Fools!!!
    Я подумал об этом, но не стал портить шутку...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalinka_vinnie
    BTW: For those who believed my story: April Fools!!!
    Oh bugger!
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    маладец винни!

    Итак, переведите это--
    I fell for it hook, line, and sinker!

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    Ya'll should've known better than to believe KV
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    Our government knows that at the very moment the new "tax" comes in force there would be an open insurrection in all regions of Russia. The Russians should never be separated with alcohol or else they become aggressive and dangerous A good joke, nevertheless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Our government knows that at the very moment the new "tax" comes in force there would be an open insurrection in all regions of Russia. The Russians should never be separated from alcohol or else they become aggressive and dangerous A good joke, nevertheless.
    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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    I am surprised nobody made fun of me yet for my gross and silly error. I said Вотчина when I really meant Опричники. I guess that shows:
    A) No English-speaker knows about the Опричники
    B) No Russian-speaker really read the article
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalinka_vinnie
    I am surprised nobody made fun of me yet for my gross and silly error. I said Вотчина when I really meant Опричники. I guess that shows:
    A) No English-speaker knows about the Опричники
    B) No Russian-speaker really read the article
    OK, tell us about Опричники
    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalinka_vinnie
    I am surprised nobody made fun of me yet for my gross and silly error. I said Вотчина when I really meant Опричники. I guess that shows:
    A) No English-speaker knows about the Опричники
    B) No Russian-speaker really read the article
    The correct word would be Опричнина.
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