Pro-government vodka names

An observation from yesterday’s visit to the Alexeyevsky Rynok. Slolichnaya (Capital, but it can be construed as “throne”), Putinka, Federalnaya, and Kazenka (State) are among the most popular vodkas. I wonder if this is part of propaganda, or a reflection of the fact that vodka drinkers lean towards “Russian Great and Strong” set of values and attitudes.

These vodkas are about $10 for a 0.5 or 0.7L bottle. Speaking of prices, see my attempt to give a “slice of life” overview of daily costs in Moscow. I’ve promised to myself, humanity, and History to keep a record of our daily purchases for one  whole month..


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