Vladimir Putin and his Friends – Taking Control of Russian Wine

When he is not focusing his attention on his invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president and his entourage take a particular interest in wine. Last year, laws allowing domestic wine to be described as shampanskoe on official labels while Champagne could only be called ‘sparkling wine’ hit the headlines. But, as Sergey Panov reveals, other moves have been far more significant.

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ProWein Special: Central- and Eastern Europe

Wine production, export data, consequences of the Russian war.

Eastern Europe is located in Hall 11 at ProWein.

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Ukrainian Cyberwarfare Targets Russian Wine Market

While Russian and Ukrainian troops bombard each other with heavy artillery, Kiev's IT specialists are quietly using their computer skills to undermine Russian daily life.

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The Domino Effect: Will the Russian Wine Market Collapse?

The war with Ukraine unleashed by Vladimir Putin has already caused huge numbers of casualties and led to the displacement of millions of refugees. Sergey Panov reports about the difficult situation in Russia and its effects for the Russian wine market.

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Russian Top Sommeliers Sign Anti War Petition

Despite efforts to prohibit journalists from even using the word 'war', many people in the Russian wine industry are demanding peace for Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine – the Wider Implications

Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine raises unhappy memories in Georgia which suffered a similar fate in 2008 -  as well as current fears there and in Moldova which will also have to provide sanctuary to Ukrainians who flee across its border

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Produced from thin air - the mystery of Russian wine

Russia grows sufficient grapes and imports enough bulk to produce three quarters of the wine and brandy labeled as ‘Russian’. Despite recent legislation, it is not clear where the remaining 25 percent comes from. The picture is further complicated by the blurred line between spirits and wine production in Russia. Meininger’s investigates

Stay of Execution for Champagne in Russia

Champagne houses will have a further two months before adapting to new labelling rules in Russia.

Russian stock exchange sends a message to the wine world

Shares of Russian alcohol companies rose on news of the introduction of a lockdown from 28 October. What other factors could be behind the volatility in the Russian market? Meininger investigates.