MOSCOW Dec 26 Russia will further raise minimum
vodka prices from next year as part of efforts to combat
counterfeit spirits and curb alcoholism in the
The price of the cheapest half-liter bottle of vodka will be
set at a new minimum of 170 roubles ($5.56), according to a
regulatory decree published on Wednesday, up from the current
Retail prices for spirits such as brandy will also rise.
The regulations are aimed at putting out of business makers
of counterfeit alcohol but will also affect listed companies
such as Synergy and CEDC.