RUSSIA: Government blocks exports as Stoli battle escalates
The fight between private business and the Russian state over the trademark rights to the world's largest vodka has escalated once more. Following recent court battles between the Russian vodka company Sojuzplodimport (SPI) and the Ministry of Agriculture over the ownership of Stolichnaya vodka, the Russian government has raised the stakes again by withholding stocks of the spirit currently awaiting departure for the US and UK, among other export markets.
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