Stolichnaya vodka 1965
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Stolichnaya Vodka - Stoli has its origins in the Moscow State Wine Warehouse #1 which was opened in 1901 by the authorities to ensure higher quality vodka production.
Stolichnaya word simply means "capital city".
There is a wrong opinion that Stolichnaya Vodka means "Table Vodka", because of the word Stol it starts with. Stol means "table" in Russian. However, the word Stolitsa - "capital" in Russian comes from Sto - "a hundred" and Litsa - "faces". A city of hundred faces: the name comes from centuries ago, meaning a city populated with a lot of people.
Soviet government increased controls on alcohol in 1985. They attempted to impose a partial prohibition, which involved a massive anti-alcohol campaign, severe penalties against public drunkenness and alcohol consumption, and restrictions on sales of liquor. The campaign was temporarily successful in reducing per capita alcohol consumption and improving quality-of-life measures such as life expectancy and crime rates, but it was deeply unpopular among the population and it ultimately failed.
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