Soviet Union: Vodka on the Rocks

For years the Soviet Union officially endorsed Friedrich Engels' argument that alcoholism is "a disease of capitalism" and would swiftly cease to be a problem for a Communist society. Gradually, however, the Kremlin has moved away from that rigid viewpoint and acknowledged that drinking has remained a serious problem. Now Russia's rulers have launched a pervasive propaganda campaign against Demon Vodka, and they are enacting stiff new laws to back up the words.

The Russians were heavy drinkers long before the Revolution, and Communism has not changed that. Lenin & Co. learned...

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