‘Leningrad’ singer claims Russians shopping for additional vodka to drink, Putin ally Matviyenko says it’s for antiseptic

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First, what they agree on. There is little question that vodka gross sales have sharply risen in Russia since Vladimir Putin known as a nationwide “non-working” vacation final week to fight the unfold of Covid-19.

However, two of Russia’s most outstanding public figures disagree on the explanation behind the sudden renewed curiosity within the arduous stuff. Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko insists Russians are shopping for vodka for exterior use and never as a result of “they began to drink more.” She says the purchases are to make antiseptic at home, because of a scarcity in supermarkets and drugstores.

Meanwhile, legendary rock star, Sergey Shnurov, who lately entered politics as a member of the opposition Party of Growth, believes they’re knocking again the robust liquor. He alleges that even Russians who beforehand saved a wholesome way of life have begun to drink alcohol in self-isolation, to fight boredom and fear of the financial results of the partial shutdown.

Indeed, he’s even composed a music and posted a video of it to Instagram, the place he performs a ukulele. In lower than at some point it has obtained over 1.6 million views.

“People are sitting at home like mice.
Even those that had been doing sports activities started to drink.
With a speech, the president got here out right now,
The temper ** ruined.
All specialists on measures ***
Like, do not look ahead to manna from heaven anymore.
** to do three weeks.
This, ***, not many can afford.”

Matviyenko has totally different info. “We asked the Association of Alcohol Producers and we were told that sales of vodka had increased due to a lack of disinfectants,” she instructed a gathering of the Federation Council.

In Russia, on Friday, 601 new instances of coronavirus Covid-19 had been introduced. The complete variety of contaminated has reached 4,149, with 34 deaths. In a lot of the nation, together with Moscow and St. Petersburg, a compulsory self-isolation regime has been launched.

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