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Potent protest: Bars pull Russian vodka off shelves, promote Ukraine brands

Some bars and liquor stores believe they have found a powerful way to punish Russia for invading Ukraine: They pull Russian vodka off their shelves and promote Ukrainian brands.

“I woke up yesterday morning and saw that Russia had invaded Ukraine. You wonder what you can do,” said Bob Quay, owner of Bob’s Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The United States is obviously imposing sanctions. I thought I would impose sanctions as well.”

So he freed his shelves from the old Soviet brand Stolichnaya and started promoting Vektor of Ukraine. “We have a sign on it that says: Support Ukraine.”

Quay announced the move on Facebook and “exploded. We have people coming who have never been to a bar.”

Similarly, the Southern Spirits liquor store in the Indian state of South Carolina is booming in Ukrainian Kozak vodka, after removing Russian chips from its shelves.

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“It sells out a lot faster than we thought,” said CEO Drew Podrebarac. “It was awesome.”

Magic Mountain Ski Resort in Londonderry, Vermont, posted a video on Twitter showing an employee pouring Stolichnaya into the pipeline and saying, “Sorry, we do not serve Russian products here.”

In Canada, the Ontario Beverage Control Board announced on Friday that “all products made in Russia will be removed from LCBO channels,” including 679 of its stores across the province. He also promised to accept the return of any Russian products and said he “stands by Ukraine, its people and the Ukrainian-Canadian community here in Ontario.”

In Grand Rapids, Quay said he may never sell Russian products again. And he took another step: “I have ordered a Ukrainian flag and it will go up next week.”

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