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No cheer without beer: Russians hop for alternatives as supplies ...

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No cheer without beer: Russians hop for alternatives as supplies dry up

Sanctions are hitting alcohol supplies in the country, forcing the hospitality industry to seek local supplies

Reuters

“Sorry, that was the last bottle of Czech beer we had,” said a waiter at a central Moscow restaurant a month after Russia sent troops into Ukraine and the West imposed sweeping sanctions on the country.

More than 100 days into what Russia calls a special military operation in Ukraine, foreign alcohol is still available in Moscow pubs, but the once ample reserves are dwindling.

“Some pubs accumulated large stocks when it all started. But as far as I know there have been no new deliveries ordered and confirmed after February 24,” said Alexander Skripkin, who manages two bars in Moscow...

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