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Russia Destroys 70,000 Liters Of Georgian Alcohol

October 2, 2006 -- Russia destroyed more than 70,000 liters of Georgian-produced alcohol last week, officially due to concerns about its quality.

Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's chief health inspector, said the alcohol did not meet hygienic standards in Russia.

Onishchenko said his department for product quality control was also checking Moldovan wines to see if they met standards.


Russia And Georgia

Russia And Georgia
Beefed up security outside Russian military headquarters in Tbilisi on September 27 (InterPressNews)

NOT ALL WINE AND ROSES. Moscow's relations with Tbilisi since the collapse of the Soviet Union have often been tense and strained. Among the issues that have made the relationship difficult are Moscow's alleged support for the breakaway Georgia regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as the continued presence of Russia troops on Georgian territory. Periodically, Georgian lawmakers propose withdrawing from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) altogether. RFE/RL has written extensively about the rocky relationship between these two countries.


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