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Politics under the InfluenceVodka and Public Policy in Putin's Russia$
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Anna L. Bailey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501724374

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501724374.001.0001

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Medvedev and the Antialcohol Initiative

Medvedev and the Antialcohol Initiative

(p.147) Chapter 12 Medvedev and the Antialcohol Initiative
Politics under the Influence

Anna L. Bailey

Cornell University Press

Analyses the launch in 2009 of a new anti-alcohol initiative overseen by President Medvedev; explains the factors that led to its development, and why it took the form that it did. It is vital to the survival of the political super elite that they are seen to act in the national interest. Once the “alcohol-as-demographic-problem” was in the public eye this included taking action against drinking. However, the government had a delicate balancing act to play, for at the same time it had to ensure that it did not alienate the Russian drinking public. This explains the focus on youth drinking, which is perceived as a major problem in Russian society despite objective indicators suggesting otherwise.

Keywords:   anti-alcohol campaign, Medvedev, youth drinking, minimum pricing, excise duty

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