From May 5, in these selling spots, called among russians "nalivaika", with the area of less than 20 square meters located on the first floors of high-rise buildings will not sell alcohol. The corresponding document was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 24.
Regional authorities will be able to establish additional restrictions in this sphere, including the complete prohibition of the sale of alcohol in retail outlets located at houses.
Recall that the bill was adopted by the State Duma in first reading in September 2019, and in second and third reading in April. The law was supported in 41 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, where deterioration of public law and order was recorded.
The author of the bill, deputy Alexander Khinshtein, noted that residents of houses where there are situated such selling spots, these "nalivaikas", often complain about such a neighborhood.
According to the head of the Association of Small-format Trade Vladlen Maksimov, there is a problem of false cafes in the country. That is, shops that mimic bars and cafes to sell alcohol at night. But bona fide market participants can now fall under the ban, Maximov told RBC, because “in Russian cities there are no separate premises in which objects of a civilized business could be located.”
We note that the Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko reported about an increased demand for alcohol among Russians during the period of self-isolation. Alcohol consumption increased by 2-3%. However, later demand began to fall. An expert on the alcohol market Mikhail Smirnov explained that the decline of interest of Russian consumers is not connected to the refusal from alcohol, in his opinion it happenned because most of Russians simply stocked up on alcohol for the future.