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Russia to Consider Scrapping Kiosk Beer Sale Ban

The Russian government will consider new proposals to relax regulations on beer sales, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.

The plans would scrap laws introduced in 2013 that ban beer from being sold by internet retailers, street kiosks, and sports facilities.The proposed changes would also extend the hours when Russians can buy beer. Alcohol currently cannot be purchased in Russian shops between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m..

The proposal, which was prepared by beer companies together with Moscow's Higher School of Economics (HSE), claims that the stricter laws have led to mass job losses among small businesses and a decrease in much-needed tax revenues. The 2013 legislation did not affect sales, the report admitted.

Russia has already relaxed its ban on advertising beer in media. A change to the law in 2014 allows television and print-based adverts in a “sports-related context.”

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