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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alcohol Sales Jump

MOSCOW -- Despite f or perhaps because of f Russia's economic crisis, alcohol sales jumped in the first quarter of this year, a news report saidy.

Vodka sales climbed more than 10 percent and beer sales were up 19 percent over the same period last year, Interfax reported Sunday, citing the State Statistics Committee.

Wine sales stayed steady and champagne sales dropped 13 percent.

The figures were for official sales, though the government estimates that bootleg liquor, mostly vodka, makes up as much as half the alcohol consumed in Russia.