A Russian man is suing Baltika Breweries in Russia, claiming he found a condom wrapper in a bottle of one of its beers, according to reports.

Agence France Presse reported yesterday (5 September) that Pavel Pavlov is claiming RUB50m (US$1.95m) in damages from the brewer, after allegedly finding a torn condom wrapper as well as a piece of rubber resembling a used condom in a bottle of Baltika No. 3 Classicheskoye.

Pavlov alleges that he found the foreign bodies in his bottle of beer in August last year, and has been unable to drink from bottles ever since, the agency reported.

Speaking to AFP, Alexei Kedrin, deputy director of Baltika, dismissed claims by Pavlov's lawyer that the bottle had not been opened between leaving the brewery and Pavlov purchasing the beer. "This is excluded, because the level of equipment at the Russian factories is even higher than in Europe," Kedrin was cited as saying.