If you made a list of contraband that people try to smuggle into Russia, vodka would be at the bottom. But this is 2018, and anything can happen. A man was recently charged at the Russian border for attempting to sneak 12 liters of Chinese vodka into the country, according to Metro.
The would-be smuggler was caught at the southeastern edge of Russia’s border with China. He drew suspicion thanks to an oversized jacket that presumably made him look like a vodka-filled Michelin Man. Russian border officers searched him and found 24 plastic bags of vodka taped together to create a liquid vest. The goods, he later said, were for his brother’s birthday and a wedding.
You have to give it to the guy; his brand loyalty is top notch. It’s not like he would have had a lack of vodka options. Russia and vodka are basically synonymous. Even the word vodka belongs to Russia—it’s just one letter away from the Russian word voda, or water. When American legislators want to strike out against Russia, one of the ways they propose to do it is by banning Russian vodka imports.
For his troubles, the vodka-vested man was charged with “failing to declare contraband goods in order to avoid excise duties,” Metro writes. To all of the people out there who feel the desire to bring vodka into Russia, take note. Maybe next time try refilling mouthwash or toiletry bottles.