Bars and liquor stores across the United States are removing Russian vodka from their shelves in solidarity with Ukraine.
Downtown Las Vegas’ pizzeria Evel Pie has dumped all of its Russian vodka supplies and is selling Ukrainian vodka shots for $5, with all proceeds going to humanitarian efforts.
Founder Branden Powers said The Independent it was his way of “doing our part with the little we have to help the Ukrainian people”.
“We hope this inspires others around the world to do the same,” he said.
“We are 100% focused against Putin and not against the wonderful people of Russia. Leaders like Putin no longer have a place in modern society.
Mr Powers said a customer had bought the vodka disposed of by the bar and the money had been donated to charities working in Ukraine.
In Wichita, Kansas, the Jacob Liquor Exchange removed Russian spirits from its shelves on Friday.
“I think the whole world now knows that Russia is at war with Ukraine for no apparent reason,” said store manager Jamie Stratton. KIRO 7.
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Mr Stratton said they would still sell the items if a customer requested them, but they would not be on display. They now plan to stock Ukrainian vodka instead.
“I guess that’s our punishment,” he said.
Magic Mountain ski resort in Vermont posted footage of a bartender pouring Stolichnaya vodka down the drain.
“Sorry Stoli lovers. No more,” the station wrote in a tweet.
At Bob’s Bar in Grand Rapids Michigan, they have also removed bottles of Stolichnaya from sale.
Owner Bob Quay told local media WOOD TV he wanted to draw attention to the Russian invasion.
It’s not going to push Vladimir (Putin) out of Ukraine,” Quay told the station.
“But yeah, that’s a small statement on behalf of this local bar here. That’s what I can do.
On Twitter, hundreds of people started using the hashtag #boycottrussianvodka in response to the Russian invasion, which claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians.
The United States, the European Union and dozens of other countries have imposed sanctions on Russian banks, politicians and exports.
In Canada, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy said the state would order the removal of Russian spirits to protest the invasion.
“Ontario joins Canada’s allies in condemning the Russian government’s act of aggression against the Ukrainian people and will direct the (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) to remove all Russian-made products from store shelves. said Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy. tweetedwith the hashtag #StandwithUkraine.
Ontario joins Canada’s allies in condemning the Russian government’s act of aggression against the Ukrainian people and will order the LCBO to remove all Russian-made products from store shelves.
— Peter Bethlenfalvy (@PBethlenfalvy) February 25, 2022
“The people of Ontario will always oppose tyranny and oppression,” said Bethlenfalvy.