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Russia is to destroy seized illegal alcohol in a bid to stamp out a growing counterfeit market, a report has said.

The government this week issued a decree to the country's alcohol watchdog to destroy unlicensed products above 25% abv and any manufacturing equipment, according to the Moscow Times. Previously, seized alcohol was sent was sent for recycling but some would find its way back on to the black market, the report said.

More recently, confiscated goods were kept in warehouses awaiting a court order for their destruction.

Russia has seen an increase in illegal alcohol as the price of a bottle of vodka has more than doubled in the past several years. 

According to the report, last year, up to half of the alcohol consumed in Russia was made or distributed on the black market.


Sectors: Beer & cider, Spirits

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