Gov. Wolf urges Pa. liquor stores to cease selling Russian products

Written by on February 27, 2022

Gov. Wolf urges Pa. liquor stores to cease selling Russian products

By Jim Deegan
February 27, 2022

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf is urging Pennsylvania to remove Russian products from a place where it knows the market well — the state’s liquor stores.

Wolf on Sunday sent a letter to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, asking it to remove Russian-sourced products from Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and to stop selling them as quickly as possible.

Within a few hours, the LCB agreed and announced it instructed all its stores to remove Russian-made products from shelves.

Wolf, who last week condemned Russian’s invasion of Ukraine, said it’s a way to show contempt for Russia’s decision and support for Ukrainians.

“I appreciate the board’s efforts to quickly identify Russian-sourced products currently being sold at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores,” Wolf said. “I urge the board to take these further actions as a show of solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine, and an expression of our collective revulsion with the unprovoked actions of the Russian state.” 

LCB Chairman Tim Holden, a former congressman, said the board would no longer sell or procure Russian-made products.

He said they include two products stocked in stores — Russian Standard and Ustianochka 80-proof vodkas — and about a half-dozen special order brands.

In Virginia, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority took similar steps and removed vodka brands stocked there such as Belugo, Hammer & Sickle, Imperia and Russian Standard.

Brands with Russian-themed names and marketing such as Stolichnaya and Smirnoff are not produced in Russia and they are not being removed from Pennsylvania’s Fine Wine & Good Spirits store shelves.

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