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Instructions on state regulation of production and sale of alcohol-containing products

December 21, 2016

Vladimir Putin approved a list of instructions on state regulation of production and sale of alcohol-containing products.

In order to improve state regulation of production and sale of alcohol-containing products, and to reduce public misuse of such products, the Government has been instructed to draft and make amendments to Russian Federation legislation contemplating:

– tougher regulations governing production and sale of alimentary alcohol-containing products, perfumes and cosmetics, household chemicals and personal-care products containing more than 25 percent of ethanol, and introduction of licences for these types of activity;

– tougher regulations governing retail trade of medicines containing ethanol for medical or veterinary use;

– introduction of compulsory marking of alcohol-containing products produced and sold in the Russian Federation;

– tougher penalties for legal violations and crimes related to production and sale of alcohol-containing products.

The Government has also been instructed to draft and present proposals on amendments to the law on taxes and duties in order to change current excise rates on alcohol and alcohol-containing products in order to reduce demand for surrogate alcohol.

December 21, 2016