Vodka War Brews

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Aug. 10, 2012, 12:13 a.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

The British owner of a large Crimean vodka producer is accusing a state-owned bank of using its position and influential connections to seize its flagship brand.
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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

The British owner of a large Crimean vodka producer is accusing a state-owned bank of using its position and influential connections to seize its flagship brand. United Kingdom citizen Neil Smith this week announced that Rodovid Bank is “attempting the theft” of the Medoff vodka brand, made by his Crimean Vodka Company.

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CarlitosFritos Aug. 12, 2012, 12:24 p.m.    

Do you ever taste Baltika Beer? Oh, nice flavor...

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Mykhayl Aug. 13, 2012, 9:40 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

First universities' whistle blowing deans from the US.
Now brewery paper chase transparency like in the UK.
Is intimidation becoming part of Ukey mafia history?
Has the Untouchables and Eliot Ness have come to town?
These foreigners are not going away but digging in to stay.
Doctor Borys Gudziak from Lviv's Catholic University was
appointed titular bishop of Carcabla France. Secular Kyiv Post believing
behavior modification comes by legislation, so they simply ignored it.
Why would Rev. Gudziak be given prestige and a foreign safe harbor
if a struggle was not expected from one of Moscow's double eagle heads?
Machiavellian clubs not only control by intimidation in educational &
manufacturing. Stalin taught through genocidal cleansing even starving millions you can keep as a genie in the bottle for generations.
Journalists do the math; 988 + 1000 and 25 is 2013. Be prepared not autocratic.

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CarlitosFritos Aug. 13, 2012, 5:40 p.m.    

Yeah, but I prefer a Baltika Beer... ...served by pretty Olga.

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