New Hampshire bans Russian liquor sales; Vermont may follow

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu is showing support for Ukraine.
Published: Feb. 26, 2022 at 7:02 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2022 at 5:22 AM EST
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCAX) - It will now be harder to find Russian-made and branded alcohol in New Hampshire.

Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order telling liquor outlets to take the products off the shelf. This affects all 68 liquor stores across the state.

Sununu says it will also affect beer and wine sold at supermarkets.

He says this is New Hampshire’s way of standing with Ukraine in their fight for freedom.

“I suppose, if there were a Russian beer or Russian wine, that’s coming off the shelves too, see what’s happening, people are losing their lives. It’s it’s unprovoked aggression. And, if we, if New Hampshire can do their part and, and, and take these products off of the Russian shelves, I don’t know who’s buying that garbage anyways right now, frankly. It’s, it’s a good thing. And it’s a step that we can make,” said Sununu.

New Hampshire reportedly sells around $20 million of Russian-based liquor products a year.

Sununu says the move is mainly symbolic, but may hurt the Russian liquor industry if other states follow suit.

Vermont’s governor says he’s intrigued by the idea and will be considering options this week.

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