Andrei Makhonin / Vedomosti
Russian vodka exports soared by 14
percent last year, with the country selling 49 million liters
of the spirit abroad in 2016.
The trend mirrors growing vodka
production in Russia as a whole, with distilleries bottling on
average 16 percent more spirit than in 2015.
Germany came first place among importers of Russian vodka, buying 6.9 million liters in
2016, a report by the Federal and Regional Alcohol Markets (TSIFFRA)
announced on Thursday.
It was followed by Ukraine, which
imported 6.4 million liters, Britain with 3.5 million liters, and the
United States with 2.5 million liters.
Both the Americans and the China are
showing an increasing appetite for Russian vodka, with exports to
both countries growing by 178,000 liters and 32,000 liters per month
The news will be welcomed by producers
and businesses, who saw revenue from exports fall by 40 percent in
2015 as anti-Russian sanctions began to bite.
Sales to Ukraine — the biggest
importer of Russian alcohol before the annexation of Crimea —
are continuing to suffer thanks to the country's ongoing conflict
with Moscow, with exports falling by 148,400 liters a month, TSIFFRA