Gas stations allowed to sell alcohol, the media are writing

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The government permitted the sale of light alcohol at the gas station after the last September meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, this is reported by «Vedomosti» with reference to one of the participants of the meeting and two Federal officials.

According to the representative of Deputy Prime Minister, referenced publication, the discussion of the idea of the individual fuel companies for the return of light alcoholic drinks on the shelves of the gas station was part of the elaboration of measures to stabilize the retail fuel market, and the goal of this proposal was to increase the profitability of fuel companies.

As reported by «Vedomosti» with reference to his interlocutors, the government therefore supported the initiative of the member of the Federation Council Gennady Ordenov, who at the beginning of 2017 in the state Duma introduced a bill amending the regulation of the alcohol market, according to which allowed selling at the pump light alcoholic beverages of a strength of up to 16.5%.

Earlier media reported that the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of economic development supported the idea of a return to a weak sale of alcohol at gas stations. The Finance Ministry noted that the return light alcohol for it can increase the profitability of gas stations and competition in the alcohol market.

The ban on selling alcohol at gas stations was introduced in 2012 in the framework of the fight against accidents caused by drunk drivers.