Cristall, Russia's largest vodka producer, saw its first quarter sales jump 46.1% over the same period of 2000.

Interfax reported that Cristall sold 23m litres of liquor against 15.75m litres sold in the same quarter last year. In March the company sold 8.016m litres against 5.734m litres over the same period in 2000. And in February alone 6.955m litres were sold.

According to Interfax the company intends to sell 120m litres of vodka as well as other liquor products this year, up 33m on what it sold the previous year.