Entrepreneurs ask for legalizing online sales of alcohol

28th August 2015

Letter to the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation asking for legalization of alcohol sales via Internet was signed by All-Russian Non-governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business "OPORA RUSSIA", Union of of Alcohol Producers, Committee of Alcohol Producers and the Union of Winegrowers and Winemakers.

According to the representative of the the Federal Service, they do not exclude the possibility of allowing online sales of alcohol. The proposal of the business community can be realized if an effective mechanism for regulating the distance sales of alcoholic beverages is formed, the representative of the regulator said.

Distace sales of alcohol are prohibited by government decree of 2007. In April 2014, a group of deputies submitted amendments prohibiting distance retail sales of alcohol to the State Duma of the Russian Federation . The Russian Government rejected them and proposed the creation of the list of Internet sites that have the right to sell alcohol. Such a permit, according to the Government, can be obtained only by organization that has a license for alcohol sales and the registered capital of not less than 10 million rubles.

In June 2015 "OPORA RUSSIA" wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev asking to consider legalizing online sales of alcohol. Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation to address the issue, and the Federal Service in turn asked business community to submit proposals that can be taken into account when finalizing the draft.

A new letter of "OPORA RUSSIA" and its co-authors supported the proposal of the Government of the Russian Federation to establish a register of domain names of organizations that will have a license for the retail sale of alcohol via Internet. Licenses can be obtained only by companies with a license to manufacture or wholesale of alcohol, and which paid a fee, the letter says. It is proposed to toughen the penalties, even introducing criminal responsibility for the sale of alcohol via Internet without a license.

Source: Vedomosti

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