Alcomicin vs city hall: the Battle for sobriety or for money?

Алкомайдан vs мэрия: Битва за трезвость или за деньги?

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When the Kyiv city Council took the decision to ban the sale of alcohol in kiosks (Kiosks), he explained his decision solely to the health care of Kiev and, primarily, about the health of our dear young people.

To justify its decision KCSA gave statistics of crime in an alcohol intoxication and read emails of angry people of Kiev, demanding to ban the sale of alcohol in Kiosks. Methods standard and has not changed since the days of Stalinist repression: letters from the field, care for morality, an indication of the enemies of society and all that. In this case, the enemies of Kiev defined small retailers do not have strong capital structures.

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Meanwhile, the alcohol issue is always solely a question of money. More precisely, it is question about very big money, about who will get them. And never, in any country in the world, this question had no relation to the actual health care people. Health care is a standard typical cover-up in the alcohol issue.

The decision to ban the sale of alcohol in kiosks have been lobbied by representatives of large retail chains, sitting in the Cabinet, which simply eliminate their competitors.

Attempts to squeeze out the stalls selling alcohol market trading network did already many times, even under Yanukovych. However, such attempts failed, as the “third estate” always been advocates in the face of police and prosecution, which are “protected” by this retail channel.

Taking advantage of the confusion associated with the struggle inside the Prosecutor’s office, mass layoffs and General mess in the Ministry of internal Affairs in connection with the establishment of the police, representatives of large trading business were able to push through long-awaited decision. The balance of power was temporarily on their side, and they did not fail to use it. If successful, invested in combating money will pay off this week!

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Having lost their patrons, the owners of Kiosks remained nothing how to block Khreshchatyk and start to storm entrenched in city hall lobbyists for retail chains. Someone pretty got. The mayor on a bike, by the way, no one even remembered. Everyone knew who the real power in the city.

The results so far recorded showdown dynamic equilibrium. The KSCA has suspended its decision in respect of those stalls that you have legitimately bought a license. The struggle continues and may take the most violent form.

Incidentally, when in the USA in 1919 introduced prohibition, then Congress stands too constantly there were calls to protect the morality and to stop the welding of the nation.

The real reasons of the beginning of the anti-alcohol campaign, however, were more prosaic and pragmatic. Prohibition was lobbied by big business for the following reasons:

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– The first world war, which was raging in Europe, the riots and revolution in the Russian Empire did the United States world exporter of wheat. To sell the grain was much more profitable than to recycle.

– The enterprise had qualified sober workforce. The idea of “dry law” was adopted and in the business circles of the USA.

– Production of alcoholic beverages, beer has been concentrated in the hands of the natives of Germany.

– The development of the automotive industry demanded sober drivers.

– Pharmaceutical industry bring to market new soft drinks on the basis of Colombian Coca leaf. Then she still was not considered to be a narcotic substance.

All these considerations may have nothing to do with caring for the health of the nation. In the Kiev mayor’s office.

Large retail chains, obviously, sooner or later dodavât stalls. Statistics of crimes in an alcohol intoxication, however, is not improved by a single percentage point. Drunkenness among youth may also remain unchanged. Not it depends.

Andrey Golovachev

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