Beer ban rejected
Russian president turns down restrictions on drinking in public
Jan 11, 2005 - Russian president Vladimir Putin turned down the federal law on restrictions of beer sales and consumption in public places.
The act was approved by the two houses of the Russian parliament.
The head of the Duma's economic politics, business and tourism committee, Valery Draganov, was quoted as saying Putin sent a letter to the Duma - the lower house - saying the law's regulations on territorial restrictions of beer retail and on its sale to minors needed to be specified.
Putin also wrote that the law's norms regarding the ban on beer drinking in public places needs to be specified. he stated that the bodies of local self-government must receive powers to set aside places where it will be allowed to sell beer and other beer-based beverages.
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