PROTESTS expressing disapproval over Russia's war against Ukraine have begun around the world.
Boycotting Russian vodka are among the small steps Americans are taking to support Ukraine.
Why is Russian vodka trending?
Russian vodka is currently trending amidst the newly raged war on Ukraine by Russia's President Vladimir Putin.
As a sign of distaste for the war, Americans are taking small steps to protest Russia by taking Russian vodka off the shelves of retailers and bars.
On February 26, 2022, governors of states like Texas, New Hampshire and Ohio were but a few lawmakers ordering the removal of Russian spirits from their shelves.
Although targeting vodka, a quintessentially Russian liquor, seems like it could be a huge hit to Russia's revenue; only 1.2% of U.S. vodka actually comes from the slavic country itself.
Those participating in the vodka boycott should make sure that the vodka they are pouring out and removing from shelves are truly Russian before doing so.
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Which vodka brands are actually Russian?
The most popular vodkas in the United States, such as, Smirnoff, Tito's, Absolut, Svedka, Grey Goose, etc., actually originate from countries like Sweden, France, Poland, and the U.K.
Here is a list of five popular Russian vodka brands:
- Russian Standard Vodka
- Stolichnaya Vodka
- Beluga Vodka
- Tsarskaya Vodka
- Green Mark Vodka
According to USA Today, liquor stores in Kansas and Michigan "have taken Russian vodka off their shelves and are instead promoting Ukrainian vodka."
"One Las Vegas pizzeria is advertising five dollar shots of Ukrainian vodka to raise funds for humanitarian relief there."
What other methods are people using to protest the war in Ukraine?
Besides the Russian liquor boycott, people around the world have been protesting against the war in Ukraine.
Groups in countries like Taiwan, Japan, Iran, Australia, and the U.S etc., have started to protest on the streets.
Even in Russia itself, several thousand people held onto signs condemning the war while chanting "no war" against Ukraine.
Here are a few ways methods people are using to aid in the effort:
- Donate money, food, clothes, and/or blood to organizations equipped to help.
- Welcome and support refugees.
- Learn more about the conflict and raise your voice in-person and on social media.
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