Day of prayer for Ukraine, halt of state purchase and sale of Russian vodka

Published 5:28 pm Saturday, February 26, 2022

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— In response to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has declared Sunday, February 27, 2022, a statewide Day of Prayer for the people of Ukraine. The Ukraine flag will also fly at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus and Governor’s Residence in Bexley to further show support for those under attack in Ukraine and for Ohio’s Ukrainian population.

Further, Governor DeWine today has directed the Ohio Department of Commerce to cease both the purchase and sale of all vodka made by Russian Standard until further notice. Russian Standard is the only overseas, Russian-owned vodka distillery with vodka sold in Ohio.

Russian Standard’s vodka is sold under the brand names of Green Mark Vodka and Russian Standard Vodka.

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The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (DOLC), a division of the Ohio Department of Commerce, estimates that there are approximately 6,400 bottles of vodka made by Russian Standard currently for sale in Ohio’s 487 liquor agencies across the state. DOLC has directed these retailers to immediately pull Green Mark Vodka and Russian Standard Vodka from their shelves.

All other brands of vodka that are sold in Ohio, including those branded with Russian names, are purchased from distilleries not located in Russia.