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Some bars and liquor stores think they’ve found a potent way to punish Russia for invading Ukraine: They’re pulling Russian vodka off their shelves and promoting Ukrainian brands instead.
"I woke up yesterday morning, and I saw that Russia had invaded Ukraine. You wonder what you can do,’’ said Bob Quay, owner of Bob’s Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "The U.S. obviously is putting on sanctions. I thought I would put on sanctions as well.’’
So he rid his shelves of the old Soviet brand Stolichnaya and started promoting Ukraine’s Vektor. "We have a sign above it that says: Support Ukraine.’’
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Quay announced the move on Facebook, and "it blew up. We’ve got people coming in who’ve never been in the bar before.’’
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