Half a litre of vodka costs RUB5 more today in Russia

Half a litre of vodka costs RUB5 more today in Russia

The Russian Government has raised the minimum price for vodka in a bid to tackle counterfeit alcohol production in the country.

According to local reports, the minimum price of a 50cl bottle of vodka in the country has been set at RUB190 (US$2.88), up from RUB185. The new rules came into effect yesterday, The Moscow Times said. 

The newspaper noted that the minimum price of vodka has been raised periodically, with the exception of 2015, when it was lowered from RUB220 to RUB185. According to the Independent, a combination of a struggling economy and high vodka prices had caused a spike in the production of bootleg spirits.

The Government first introduced a floor price for vodka at the beginning of 2010. The RUB89 price tag was for 0.5 litres. At the time, RUB89 was worth $3.

Earlier this week, it was reported that authorities in Russia had passed a law to limit the size of beer bottles in the country to a maximum of 1.5 litres, in a bid to cut excessive drinking.