Moscow MPs propose ban on alcohol energy drinks across Russia
MOSCOW, February 6 (RAPSI) - The Moscow City Duma lawmakers will submit a bill to the State Duma prohibiting sales of low-alcohol energy drinks at the federal level in the near future, RIA Novosti reported Monday.
Currently, such injunction is applicable in several Russian regions. Legislation that restricts the sale and consumption of low-alcohol energy drinks has been already adopted in Chechnya, the Stavropol, Krasnodar and Altai territories, the Chukotka Autonomous Area, and the Tula, Kaluga, Rostov, Nizhny Novgorod and Astrakhan regions, among others. The sale of low-alcohol energy drinks is prohibited in the Moscow region and Moscow starting May 1, 2015.
According to the Moscow City Duma Chairman Alexey Shaposhnikov, “the problem of alcohol energy drinks” is coming back because some individuals try to lift the ban through legal action.
“The situation is that we can face a spate of court rulings on revocation of local laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol energy drinks. I’m sure, it is impermissible,” the agency quoted the official as having said.
Shaposhnikov believes that the adoption of this bill will ensure protection of regional legislation from alcohol lobby’s pressure.