Independent Online

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView weather by locationView market indicators

Legalise online alcohol sales to help Russians self-isolating amid coronavirus - top banker

Picture: Pixabay

Picture: Pixabay

Published Mar 17, 2020


Moscow - One of Russia's top bankers

wants online alcohol sales legalised to help people who are

Story continues below Advertisement

self-isolating because of the coronavirus.

German Gref, the chief executive of Sberbank, has

started a mandatory two weeks in self-isolation after returning

Story continues below Advertisement

from abroad.

But during a videoconference news briefing on Tuesday, he

said he believed medicines that are available over-the-counter

Story continues below Advertisement

and alcohol should be made available for purchase online to help

people self-isolating avoid going out to shops or pharmacies.

"I hope this will be decided soon and that people will not

Story continues below Advertisement

have to go to shops and pharmacies," he said.

Shortly after Gref spoke, President Vladimir Putin announced

that over-the-counter medication would be made available for

online purchases but made no mention of alcohol.

Russia has recorded 114 coronavirus cases and foreign

nationals have been banned from entering the country until May

to try to prevent the virus spreading.

Heavy drinking was long considered one of the main factors

driving mortality in Russia, especially among men of working

age. Russia's alcohol consumption has fallen sharply over the

last few years but authorities have yet to lift restrictions on

sales online.


Related Topics: