Anti-Alcohol Laws

Strict anti-alcohol legislation has been adopted in Russia. The sale of alcohol, including beer, wine and cider, is forbidden from 11 p.m to 8 a.m. everywhere in Russia. Regions may impose additional restrictions. Alcohol will not be sold at bus stops, markets, railway stations, airports, petrol stations or any public places as well as from stalls or temporary shops.

The law prohibits drinking in yards, playgrounds, recreation areas, parks and beaches. Advertising will be banned everywhere except in specialised magazines and trade halls that sell alcoholic beverages.

The repeated sale of alcohol to minors is now a crime punishable by jail. First-time offenders will pay a fine of up to 100,000 roubles ($ 4,000).

The date when the law comes into force is remarkable - January 1, 2013, after the Presidential elections.