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“No Putin Vodka Here:” Soulard Bar Refuses to Serve Russian Vodka

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The bar Bastille in Soulard is banning Russian vodka in protest of President Putin. Photo: KMOX/Brett Blume

The bar Bastille in Soulard is banning Russian vodka in protest of President Putin. Photo: KMOX/Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Don’t walk into the bar Bastille in Soulard and ask for a Stoli Peach.

They won’t pour you one, out of protest of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Jeff Wicker, manager at Bastille, says they’ve got several cases of Russian vodka sitting in the back room that they refuse to use.

“We might just give it away, pour it into mixes,” he says. “We don’t want to sell it and have it go back to Russia.”

Wicker says discrimination against gays and lesbians, the unrest in Ukraine and, most recently, the downed airliner prompted them to take Russian vodkas off the menu.

He says the decision has caused some controversy on the bar’s Facebook page but, mostly, it’s prompted people to talk about international affairs.

“It’s more or less about equal rights for everybody, that’s what it should be,” he says. “If that’s what it takes to be able to get noticed, draw some attention and to maybe get some other bars to follow suit, then that’s what we’re going to do.”

Wicker doesn’t know whenor ifBastille will open up any of the cases of Stoli gathering dust in the back.

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