PENNSYLVANIA POURS OUT RUSSIAN VODKA AFTER UKRAINIAN INVASION

By Mary Maloney

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, one of the largest buyers of wine and spirits in the USA, ordered the removal of Russian spirits from state-run liquor stores following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The PLCB regulates the manufacture, importation, sale and distribution of all alcohol in the state, and oversees nearly 600 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.

All Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and license service centers in Pennsylvania must immediately remove Russian-made products from their shelves as of Sunday, according to the PLCB.

Special order products from Russia also will be banned.

“Given the evolving political-economic climate, it’s just the right thing to do,” PLCB chairman Tim Holden said in a news release.

The move came hours after Gov. Tom Wolf urged the PLCB’s three-member board to ban the sale of Russian spirits in state-run liquor stores, saying in his letter the ban would represent a “small show of solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine, and an expression of our collective revulsion with the unprovoked actions of the Russian state.”

Pennsylvania joined a growing number of states that have taken action in response to Russia’s military waging a massive, unprovoked assault on Ukraine.

 

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