The following information is taken from the latest blog post by gay sexpert and rights campaigner, Dan Savage. The full post is at the link.
We don’t have to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 over the persecution of Russian gays – most of us are probably not planning on going anyway – but we can hit Russia where it hurts – in the hip pocket.
We can boycott Olympic sponsors, and we can boycott Russian products. Like Russian vodka.
These include: Dovgan, Gold Symphony, Standart, Hrenovuha, Kauffman , Kubanskaya, Moskovskaya, Narodnaya, Pyatizvyozdnaya, Putinka, Rodnik, Ruskova, Russian Standard, Shustov, Starka, Stolnaya, Youri Dolgoruki.
And the two most famous: Stolichnaya and Russian Standard.
Gay bars: stop serving Russian vodkas.
Gay people: stop drinking Russian vodkas.
And yes, Stoli IS Russian, as Dan Savage explains:
Some are arguing—based on Stoli’s outdated Wiki page—that Stoli isn’t a Russian vodka. “Presently the internationally distributed version of Stolichnaya is not a Russian vodka but is distilled and bottled in Latvia,” Stoli’s Wiki page reads. . . . . That’s old news. On January 1, 2014, Stoli becomes a Russian vodka again.
The decision is a result of SPI Group’s desire to manage its portfolio of brands directly; commencing operations on 1st January 2014.
The SPI Group is owned by Yuri Scheffler, one of the 100 richest men in Russia. Stoli is a Russian vodka.
Stop serving Russian vodkas.
Stop drinking Russian vodkas.
Stolichnaya has now come out with a stinging criticism of the Russian government. Obviously hitting the hip pocket works!
“Stolichnaya Premium Vodka stands strong & proud with the global LGBT community against the actions and beliefs of the Russian government,” the company said on its Facebook page.