Enjoying ad-free content?
Since July 1, 2024, we have disabled all ads to improve your reading experience.
This commitment costs us $10,000 a month. Your support can help us fill the gap.
Support us
Our journalism is banned in Russia. We need your help to keep providing you with the truth.

Russia to Re-introduce Drunk Tanks for 2018 World Cup


Russia will re-introduce drunk tanks — Soviet-era isolation rooms for intoxicated individuals — in eleven cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, chief narcologist at the Health Ministry, Yevgeny Brun told pro-Kremlin television channel RT.

Each region will be able to choose whether the sobering rooms are under the control of the Interior Ministry or local hospitals, according to Brun.

Drunk tanks, which were abundant in the Soviet Union, were liquidated by an Interior Ministry reform in 2011. Since then, there have been calls to bring them back.

In March last year, Health Minister Veronika Skortsova suggested re-introducing them. “We need sobering-up places — a special system which gives a person the opportunity to stay safe, and not freeze in the street or get into a difficult situation,” she said.

Drunk tanks still operate in Belarus, Kazakhstan, the self-proclaimed Transdnestr republic, the Czech Republic and Poland.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more