Russia-Ukraine war has politicized vodka

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This weekend, the governors of Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire ordered state retailers to remove Russian spirits from their shelves, joining in on a trend of Americans targeting vodka, a quintessentially Russian liquor, to protest Russia’s war in Ukraine.

But data shows these protests should only affect a tiny fraction of all U.S. vodka imports. Only 1.2% of U.S. vodka imports come from Russia, according to data from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States for the first half of 2021. Vodka is the only spirit listed as a Russian import in the report.

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