Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Supermarket / Russia 5
I was intrigued to see lots of familiar brands in the grocery store in Siberia. If you need a junk food fix, you're in luck.
The local hooch is cheap -- you could get a bottle of low-end Russian vodka for $3; Stoli is only $7.50 for a half liter. (Why is the Stoli label all in English??)
By contrast, MY local hooch, made just down the road from us, is pretty steep -- $27 for a fifth of Jim Beam, $35 for Wild Turkey.
Compared to prices in US liquor stores, that's about a 50% markup on US booze imported to Russia, but about a 300% markup on Russian booze imported to the US. We might infer that Russia feels no need to impose sin taxes on liquor; they might even like cheap booze for its role in crowd control. Just speculating.