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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alcohol Tracking System Postponed

The government has decided to postpone the deadline for the implementation of an automated alcohol monitoring system, known as EGAIS, from a manual to a fully automated regime from the start of November, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov said Thursday, Interfax reported.

Zhukov denied reports that the date had been moved back to June 1, saying the Finance Ministry had yet to make the decision.

The announcement is the second time that the government has delayed the implementation of the system. Earlier this year, officials pushed back the deadline from Feb. 1 to Nov 1.

The system is designed to cut down on bootlegged alcohol. It obliges alcohol producers to install scanners to transmit data automatically to a central system, but many producers have complained about delays in the delivery and installation of equipment.