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Unsurprising news:
Coronavirus lockdown drives jump in vodka and whisky sales in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian retailers have seen a sharp spike in alcohol sales in recent weeks, with consumers rushing to buy vodka, whisky and beer at a time when Moscow and other regions have imposed partial lockdowns to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

In the last week of March, vodka sales across Russia’s largest retail chains jumped 31% in year-on-year terms, while whisky and beer purchases increased 47% and 25% respectively, Nielsen, a market research firm, found.

President Vladimir Putin last week prolonged until April 30 a paid non-working period across Russia, which has so far reported 10,131 cases of the novel coronavirus.

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Magnit, one of Russia’s largest food retail chains, said it had seen double-digit growth in alcohol sales since partial lockdowns were introduced across the country.

Lenta and O’Key said alcohol sales had increased by a third.

The manager of a major alcohol supplier said sales of inexpensive imported alcohol had doubled in annual terms since the measures came into force.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heal ... SKCN21R171

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Russia Passes Dual Citizenship Law, Hoping to Add 10M Citizens

Russian lawmakers from both houses of parliament have passed legislation Friday allowing dual Russian citizenship for foreigners, sending it to President Vladimir Putin’s desk less than two weeks after introducing it.

Lawmakers have described the amendments to Russia’s citizenship law, which among other steps strike down a requirement to renounce one's existing citizenship, as “revolutionary.” Their authors expect up to 10 million people, primarily from Russian-speaking populations in the former Soviet republics, to obtain Russian passports as the country tries to fix its demographic crisis.

The bill relaxing current citizenship rules passed the lower-house State Duma unanimously in a 302-0 vote in a rare session Friday. The Duma usually convenes between Tuesday and Thursday.

Russia’s upper-house Federation Council, which traditionally gathers once a week on a Wednesday, passed the bill shortly after.

Both votes took place within 10 days since the Russian government submitted the legislation for consideration.

Russia’s dual citizenship bill will become law 90 days after Putin signs it and Russia’s official gazette publishes it.

The bill also exempts spouses and children of Russian nationals from the five-year continuous residence requirement in order to become a naturalized Russian.

Putin’s migration policy guidelines for 2019-2025 state that there should be clear and simple conditions for acquiring Russian citizenship. Last year, he expanded the list of people eligible for fast-tracked passports to include residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/04/ ... ens-a70036

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What about ancestral law of return, Israel style? One of my grandfathers was born in Ukraine (before 1917).
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Ditto. But is there an advantage in being a Russian citizen?

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Witness wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 4:08 am
Ditto. But is there an advantage in being a Russian citizen?
There is if you already live there.

I think that's the main point. People in Russia who are nationality orphans due to the fall of the Soviet Union.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:14 pm
There is if you already live there.
Of course, but for people like you and I? Not so much… :(

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Social distancing in Novosibirsk. :)

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Witness wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:43 am
Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:14 pm
There is if you already live there.
Of course, but for people like you and I? Not so much… :(
Why so sad?

Granpa didn't like it there anyhow. :)
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:09 am
Why so sad?
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That first pic looks an awful lot like something my Italian granma used to make. :)

The borsht is really Lithuanian anyway, and I can make it with 100% USA ingredients. :coolspecs:

Kvass? No thanks. However there is a store in my neighborhood that sells it. :p
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  • The International of the grannies! :)
  • I'd like to see a source for that.
  • You have to do it yourself – or, more precisely, your granny has to do it for you, with love. :mrgreen:
To elaborate on point 3: she used also to make fizzy kvass from fruit juice, about a dozen bottles at a time. They were stored for a time in the cellar to let the yeast do its job, and invariably two or three were lost to catastrophic explosion. Which impressed me a lot as a young know nothing. :)


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Witness wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:21 am
Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:09 am
Why so sad?
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:38 am
The borsht is really Lithuanian anyway
Seriously, a source? (Not a Lithuanian one, quite evidently…)

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Witness wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:41 pm
(Not a Lithuanian one, quite evidently…)
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:16 pm
That was easy. :)

https://www.enjoyyourcooking.com/soup-r ... rscht.html
Very funny.

I never doubted the existence of Lithuanian borsht (or Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, Slovenian… for that matter). But you wrote:
borsht is really Lithuanian
Which implies, I think, that it originated there or, at the very least, that it's rare outside of Lithuania (ha!).

Now waiting for a source for that, as I'm genuinely interested.

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Lithuanian borsht is the one true borsht. Fuck hot cabbage soup.
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Suspected Russian cannibal arrested after severed penis found in garden
https://nypost.com/2020/04/22/suspected ... in-garden/

In fairness, it seems to me that the Post is jumping to conclusions. The random severed penis does not strike me as sufficient cause to jump to hurling the "cannibal" epithet. There might be perfectly innocent explinations for their presence in his garden, a possibility not explored by this main stream outlet in it's persuit of lurid headlines.

... "headlines" see what I did there?
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About that stereo

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The one part he wouldn't eat. He didn't want people to think he was a homo.
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