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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gudermes Vodka Store

MOSCOW -- A liquor store has opened its doors in Gudermes, Chechnya's second-largest city, Interfax reported.

Soon after his election in 1996, Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov banned open sales of alcohol as part of efforts to introduce Sharia law in the mostly Moslem region.

Despite the ban, numerous back-door outlets continued to sell vodka, Interfax reported.