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Friday, September 03, 2010

Drinking and smoking as a patriotic act

Russian Minister of Finance calls for patriotic action from the Russian people. He calls upon them to drink and smoke more so that the government can receive more taxes:

Speaking as the Russian government announces plan to raise duty on alcohol and cigarettes, Alexei Kudrin said that by smoking a pack, “you are giving more to help solve social problems such as boosting demographics, developing other social services and upholding birth rates”.

“People should understand: Those who drink, those who smoke are doing more to help the state,” he told the Interfax news agency.

I suspect that the average Russian on the street will answer this particular call to arms with an ole “Ready, aye ready.”

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on September 3, 2010 | Permalink


If the Russian government wanted the population to smoke and drink more, should'nt they be lowering the duty on these products?. Perhaps the duty is too high already and too much money is lost to the underground market. Russians, like all people cant resist a bargain but how can they resist when mother Russia is calling on them to do their duty ?. A fresh new approach. I like it.

Posted by: peterj | 2010-09-04 7:04:09 PM

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