Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

As you have probably read, some states, including Idaho, are removing Russian vodka from the shelves of liquor stores, believing that such a gesture shows outrage toward Russia and support for Ukraine. While store owners’ hearts may be in the right place, shoppers need to make sure that the vodka brand they shun wasn’t made in the wrong place.

Stoli Vodka is one example and is not covered by the ban. Russian by name only, Stoli is actually made in Latvia. Wikipedia describes Latvia’s location as “between Lithuania and Estonia,” which, I admit, does not help me at all. But what does strike me as being very commendable is that Latvia is allowing its citizens to go and fight for Ukraine if they wish. So avoiding the purchase of Latvia’s Stoli vodka would be a bit wrongheaded.

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