Why ‘Russian vodka’ is trending online [Explainer]

Why ‘Russian vodka’ is trending online [Explainer]

Ukraine has so far received immense support from the global brotherhood as the leaders of some of the world’s strongest economies – the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union – impose sanctions on the Russia.

It is from these sanctions that the trending topic “Russian vodka” has arisen, as ordinary citizens of Canada and the United States impose their own form of sanctions on Russia.

In solidarity with Ukraine, a growing number of establishments in the country have stopped serving Russian brands of alcohol and have increased Ukrainian brands on their shelves.

“The United States is obviously imposing sanctions. I thought I would impose sanctions as well. We have people who have never been in the bar before,” he added. a bar owner told an American broadcaster ABC News.

After businessmen shared the steps they had taken with their followers online, the movement quickly gained popularity as more establishments joined in to show their support, which made evolve the subject around the world.

The role of sanctions in conflict resolution

Sanctions are measures taken against a self-governing state, groups, companies or an individual that may be imposed for political, military or social reasons.

They are a means of pressuring the targeted entity to come to the negotiating table as a means of resolving disputes. Sanctions aim to control and verify the credentials of the targeted entity.

Examples of sanctions include arms embargoes, commodity restrictions, travel bans, freezing of financial assets, and general economic sanctions.

So far, Russia has been hit with a barrage of sanctions, including:

  1. The UK has frozen the assets and imposed a travel ban on 10 named Russian individuals (including President Vladimir Putin and his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov) and 11 companies, including six banks
  2. In addition to travel bans imposed on the Russian president and his foreign minister, the United States has sanctioned major Russian state banks, trading in five Russian tankers and container ships, and “close oligarch elites of Putin”.
  3. The EU has blacklisted Putin, Lavrov, all members of the Russian National Security Council, some Russian business magnates and media personalities as well as all members of the State Duma. The EU also sanctioned the purchase of Russian government bonds on European capital markets.

The most popular sanctions are those imposed by the United Nations (UN) Security Council, although they have been criticized as sometimes ineffective.

Other critics of diplomatic sanctions have sometimes viewed the sanctions as “for show”, where the imposing wants to appear to be doing something without having to expend any real resources on his part.

Jessica C. Bell