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Some U.S. Governors Order State-Run Liquor Stores to Stop Selling Russian Vodka

Many Russian-styled vodkas sold in the United States, including Smirnoff and Stolichnaya, are actually made in other countries, including in the United States.
A piece of carpet with a logo of Stolichnaya, a brand of Russian vodka, is marked with black tape during a news conference at Micky's nightclub in West Hollywood, California August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
A piece of carpet with a logo of Stolichnaya, a brand of Russian vodka, is marked with black tape during a news conference at Micky’s nightclub in West Hollywood, California August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

 The governors of a handful of U.S. states have ordered government-run liquor stores to stop selling Russian-made vodka and distilled spirits in solidarity with the Ukrainian people after Russia’s invasion of the neighboring country.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox became the latest over the weekend, instructing the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Saturday to take off all Russian-produced and branded products from the shelves of its retail stores.

In issuing the executive order, Cox joined the governors of New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania in taking what is largely a symbolic gesture of support for besieged Ukraine, which came under attack by Russian military forces last week.

“We will do our part to push back on the Russian invaders and stand with our sisters and brothers in Ukraine,” said Cox. He also said that Utah would review all state procurements to check for any Russian ties.

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