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Brighton Pride asking venues to back ban on Russian vodka
12:40pm Thursday 1st August 2013 in News
Pride has called on venues to back its ban on Russian vodka.
Paul Kemp, director of Brighton Pride, said the company running the drinks concession in Preston Park this weekend cannot sell any vodka distilled in Russia.
The move is part of the festival organiser’s bid to show support for LGBT people in Russia.
Brands such as Eristoff, Smirnoff and Stolichnaya will not be affected by the ban as they are distilled outside Russia.
Mr Kemp said: “The owners of venues hosting Pride parties have been asked not to serve vodka distilled in Russia but it is their decision.“ Following widespread condemnation of oppressive legislation in Russia, the boss at Stoli Vodka, Val Mendeleev, published an open letter supporting the LGBT community.
He said: “As a company that encourages transparency and fairness, Stolichnaya Vodka has always been, and continues to be, a fervent supporter and friend to the LGBT community.”
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