18 Some Facts about Vodka in the USSR

Some Facts about Vodka in the USSR

Posted on July 9, 2009 by


Lenin was absolutely indifferent to alcohol, from time to time he threw back just a few German beers or a glass of Italian chianti. He would also refuse Russian strong drinks flatly and just hated drunk people. He was also a strong advocate of the dry law, which was carried into force in 1914. He had a horror of drunk soldiers with guns, and used to say that Russian would drown the revolution in vodka. The Vodka Museum supervisor Alexander Nikishin says, that in 1917 Lenin was really shocked when he was driving by some vodka distillery ruined by soldiers and saw them kneeling down and liking the spirits flowing out right from the ground. Soon after this he ordered to shoot all marauders who dared to make an attempt on liquids. In his view, only sober proletarians of all countries could unite.


But his successor Joseph Stalin said goodbye to the dry law. He really liked to knock one over back. It’s more like a legend, but they say, Stalin’s father used to give his baby-son a cloth soaked with vodka instead of a pacifier — and you know, it worked.


The development of vodka industry was so rapid that over some time they had to set up a blue ribbon army, and a lot people from the red one had to join it. Several thousands of children would come out with posters, which were saying “Daddy, don’t drink”, “Daddy, come home sober”, “Bread, not Vodka”. It was a real anti-alcohol crusade, and it could spread further and further, but in the thirties Stalin cut down on the campaign.


18 Responses to “Some Facts about Vodka in the USSR”

  1. That is the fault of the West that Russians drink, because Russians were forced to drink by the West.

    • CZenda says:

      Yes. There is an evil Westerner standing right behind each and every Russian, forcing him, against his free will, to swallow the booze made in Russia.
      OMFG :roll: !

  2. Finnish Alcoholics Online says:

    Lenin was a junkie

  3. pimp says:

    I think there is nothing I could add to this post.

  4. Miss Bangladesh says:

    Oh my God, Russians are so they cannot even afford… hey wait a minute, Russian Vodka is awesome!

  5. Elena says:

    Do you know that kind american persons established a first clinic in russia to help these drunk peoples. Its true. By the way, the best vodka in the world is made in Texas.

    • Arsenic says:

      No it isn’t.Its made in Holland, in a town called Groningen by Hooghoudt.Majority of the production is exported to Russia.

  6. w says:

    Russia would be the new USA if it weren’t so drunk and full of gypsy

  7. Elena says:

    I want to have baby with Texas1 and make new superior race!

  8. too much vodka says:

    It’s all in my nickname.

  9. ll Uncool J says:

    Yo! It look like you all trrying to rip off the captain morgan rum pirate! That aint too cool!

  10. expromtu says:

    i think the best vodka is Ukranian vodka, like Khortitha, Medoff, Nemiroff, Soyuz Viktan, Blagoff etc.
    Texas vodka dont good enogh. it also concern to Russian voda

  11. Elberberries says:

    I am being told that elderberries have 2 times the VIT A as carrots. Really???

  12. Loved that thanks man.

  13. o says:

    Just a suggestion–how about translations for we who do not speak Russian? This blog IS named EnglishRussia, after all! Thanks!

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