Gov. Justice Bans Purchase and Sale of Russian Liquors


Tyler Spence, Executive Editor

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice ordered the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (ABCA) to cease the purchase and sale of any Russian produced liquor product until further notice. 

The governor additionally asked that the West Virginia Retalilers Association remove Russian liquor from their shelves. 

West Virginia currently distributes four brands of Russian liquor: Hammer and Sickle Russian Vodka, Russian Standard, Beluga Vodka and Moskovskaya. 

The Governor also directed the WVABCA Commissioner to order Ukrainian made liquor brands and to make them available.  

The order says, “The Governor desires to express West Virginia’s solidarity with the people of Ukraine and the hope for a peaceful outcome of this Russian war against Ukraine.”