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Russian Vodka Rebellion Begins in Canada, US in Solidarity to Ukraine

Vodka Rebellion
An elderly North American shows what he thinks about Russian vodka and Vladimir Putin. Credit: Video screenshot/Fox News

Liquor stores and bars in Canada and the US are pulling Russian vodka off their shelves in solidarity with Ukraine in a move already dubbed “Vodka Rebellion.”

In Ontario, Canada, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy directed the provincial Liquor Control Board to have stores remove Russian vodka and other alcoholic products, according to the Canadian Press.

“Ontario joins Canada’s allies in condemning the Russian government’s act of aggression against the Ukrainian people and we strongly support the federal government’s efforts to sanction the Russian government,” Bethlenfalvy said.

“We will continue to be there for the Ukrainian people during this extremely difficult time.”

Products will be removed from nearly 700 stores across the province. Elsewhere in Canada, stores in Manitoba, New Brunswick, British Columbia and Newfoundland were also taking similar action.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation removed Russian products from its shelves and website because of the “terrible events taking place.”

British Columbia ceasing imports of Russian vodka

British Columbia was ceasing imports on Russian alcohol, Deputy Premier Mike Farnworth said. “Our province stands with those who understand Europe’s peace following two world wars depends on respecting international law,” he told the Canadian Press.

However, some people question LCBO’s move because “the inventory is already paid for. The LCBO is the only one who suffers while they store this paid inventory. The easiest answer is to stop any future purchases.”

Just south, in the US, some bars and liquor stores reportedly poured out Russian vodka onto the streets and or removed the products from store shelves.

Fox News called it a “vodka rebellion.”

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