Here is an interesting article in the New York Times, about the new beer laws, which came in affect after Sept 2012. Now beer is considered an alcoholic beverage and its sale is more restricted, including the fact that beer with more than 4% alc cannot be sold between 23:00 and 10:00.
Here is the introduction in the NYT article. Follow the link to read more…
MOSCOW — Viktor, a 56-year-old security guard from Usinsk, in Russia’s Arctic north, said he was not particularly persuaded by a new law declaring beer an alcoholic beverage rather than a food product, and in that way restricting its sale at train stations and the ubiquitous sidewalk kiosks that are still a mainstay of retail business throughout the country.
“It’s not a spirit,” he declared matter-of-factly, standing in the Leningradsky railroad station in Moscow. “It’s a drink that quenches the thirst.”
“With spirits, fine, I agree, put some sanctions on it,” Viktor continued. “There’s beer that they make, which isn’t really beer at all, it’s actually a spirit. But normal beer, good beer, it should not be banned. It’s not right.”