Gov. DeWine instructs businesses to remove Russian vodka from the shelves; Day of Prayer for Ukraine to be held


Staff report

COLUMBUS — Governor Mike DeWine on Saturday 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.

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (DOLC), a division of the Ohio Department of Commerce, estimates 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.

DeWine also declared a statewide Day of Prayer for the people of Ukraine for Sunday, Feb 27. 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.

As part of Ohio’s Day of Prayer for the people of Ukraine, DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine will stand in solidarity with Ohio’s Ukrainian community during a Sunday morning church service at St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church in Parma.

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