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Ahh...if only Russia produced something we could boycott. (Original Post) Samrob Feb 2022 OP
Whiskey is better than vodka BGBD Feb 2022 #1
Most vodka we see here isn't Russian iemanja Feb 2022 #9
I really hope Grey Goose isn't Russian. lark Feb 2022 #15
It's French. Cuthbert Allgood Feb 2022 #16
Bien! lark Feb 2022 #28
Rumor is that Costco/Kirkland brand imported vodka is Grey Goose. Cuthbert Allgood Feb 2022 #30
I can always tell the difference between Grey Goose and other brands, so I will be able to tell. lark Feb 2022 #31
Looking forward to your report. Cuthbert Allgood Feb 2022 #32
A buddy of mine did an experiment with cheap vodka run through a Brita filter versus good vodka. Hassin Bin Sober Feb 2022 #43
It's French iemanja Feb 2022 #18
I thought it was French, but wasn't sure. lark Feb 2022 #27
I still prefer whiskey. BGBD Feb 2022 #44
My husband is majorly into bourbon & I like a sip or 2 myself. lark Feb 2022 #45
There's also fierce debate that vodka was actually a Polish alcohol before Russia claimed it. TheBlackAdder Feb 2022 #40
... and whisky is better than whiskey. TheBlackAdder Feb 2022 #41
nuclear warheads and hypersonic missiles? WarGamer Feb 2022 #2
Petroleum and sex workers Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Feb 2022 #3
Boycot Republicans. They're owned by Russia. Beartracks Feb 2022 #4
👆👆 crickets Feb 2022 #5
Bazinga! SheltieLover Feb 2022 #11
Woo hoo!! Beartracks Feb 2022 #22
👍 SheltieLover Feb 2022 #24
+1000 Sunsky Feb 2022 #13
Russia supplies nearly half of the EU's imports of natural gas. (n/t) Spider Jerusalem Feb 2022 #6
Which they rely on for energy. herding cats Feb 2022 #8
Doesn't a Russ Oligarch own the Brooklyn NBA TEAM? Captain Zero Feb 2022 #7
He sold all of his interests a couple of years ago. maveric Feb 2022 #19
Russia is the world leader for exporting wheat and ranks among the top for global sales of crude oil hlthe2b Feb 2022 #10
They produce Fox News. I've been boycotting that forever. N/t LiberatedUSA Feb 2022 #12
They are a major source of Titanium metal which is used in manufacturing knee and hip implants MichMan Feb 2022 #14
And Ukraine is the 6th largest producer of Titanium per wiki Nittersing Feb 2022 #25
Nothing Johonny Feb 2022 #17
Republicans Johnny2X2X Feb 2022 #20
Kalashnikov produced the A K-47 assault riffle. pwb Feb 2022 #21
Dozens of countries produce the damn things domestically now anyway. Act_of_Reparation Feb 2022 #34
My semiautomatic AK is 100% made in the USA. Dial H For Hero Feb 2022 #39
They haven't produced the AK-47 in...well, forever jmowreader Feb 2022 #48
Oil former9thward Feb 2022 #23
Article on why sanctions aren't working manicdem Feb 2022 #26
Saving money where? Liberal In Texas Feb 2022 #29
In Russia manicdem Feb 2022 #35
Gosh! After 24 hours, you think Sanctions aren't working? FSogol Feb 2022 #33
Theres a point to it manicdem Feb 2022 #36
Heres another one you can complain about manicdem Feb 2022 #46
HAH!1 UTUSN Feb 2022 #37
Mail-order wives? ironflange Feb 2022 #38
and troll farms! FSogol Feb 2022 #47
Russia has the world's largest natural gas reserves, the second-largest coal reserves, the eighth- Celerity Feb 2022 #42

lark

(22,779 posts)
15. I really hope Grey Goose isn't Russian.
Thu Feb 24, 2022, 10:50 AM
Feb 2022

It's my go-to drink (I only drink about 1-2 cocktails a week) and no other comes near. I love the hint of natural lemon in Grey Goose and look forward to my one Grey Goose and tonic with 2 big orange slices squeezed in. Yum, yum, yum.

Cuthbert Allgood

(4,747 posts)
30. Rumor is that Costco/Kirkland brand imported vodka is Grey Goose.
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 09:02 AM
Feb 2022

I kind of believe it. It's a LOT cheaper if you have the ability to buy it there.

lark

(22,779 posts)
31. I can always tell the difference between Grey Goose and other brands, so I will be able to tell.
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 09:06 AM
Feb 2022

My husband and our bartender friend would occasionally test me with other brands and I never missed in catching the "ringers". I will have to renew my Costco membership so I can try that out.

Cuthbert Allgood

(4,747 posts)
32. Looking forward to your report.
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 09:22 AM
Feb 2022

Bad news is that you have to buy a handle of it. It's good vodka even if it isn't Grey Goose.

Hassin Bin Sober

(26,149 posts)
43. A buddy of mine did an experiment with cheap vodka run through a Brita filter versus good vodka.
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 10:38 PM
Feb 2022

It was pretty interesting. A couple times through the brita really cleans it up.

I could tell as I was a vodka drinker back then. But most of the people at the party couldn’t tell when we did the taste test.

I’m on the brown liquor now so I don’t know what’s out there. I was an Absolute guy but enjoyed plenty of Grey Goose and Kettle One.

 

BGBD

(3,282 posts)
44. I still prefer whiskey.
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 11:20 PM
Feb 2022

So much complexity to it, it doesn' t need anything added to it.

Bourbon, Scotch, or Irish. I'd take it even over a beer.

lark

(22,779 posts)
45. My husband is majorly into bourbon & I like a sip or 2 myself.
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 08:28 AM
Feb 2022

I just like the caramel flavor of a good bourbon so I have a sip or 2 of his once a week.

herding cats

(19,504 posts)
8. Which they rely on for energy.
Thu Feb 24, 2022, 02:50 AM
Feb 2022

For one example, the price of energy in Germany has been crippling recently for some. They need heat, that's not a luxury. It's a basic need for survival.

I don't think we Americans appreciate how deeply they've already been impacted by this run up to the invasion and other geopolitical factors.

Putin is playing his hand extremely well and the pain he's inflicting is often being overlooked on our shores.

hlthe2b

(101,184 posts)
10. Russia is the world leader for exporting wheat and ranks among the top for global sales of crude oil
Thu Feb 24, 2022, 05:41 AM
Feb 2022

Johonny

(20,373 posts)
17. Nothing
Thu Feb 24, 2022, 11:19 AM
Feb 2022

They have a third world economy that sells natural resources. When is the last time anyone bought a Russian made product? Well, Trump and that steel deal, but that's Trump in a nutshell. Putin is all smoke and mirrors because the Russian economy is 19th century.

The cost of some raw commodities would go up in a boycott.

Johnny2X2X

(18,316 posts)
20. Republicans
Thu Feb 24, 2022, 12:57 PM
Feb 2022

Russia right now produces Republican Politicians at an unprecedented rate, boycott them!

pwb

(11,104 posts)
21. Kalashnikov produced the A K-47 assault riffle.
Thu Feb 24, 2022, 01:02 PM
Feb 2022

Last edited Sat Feb 26, 2022, 01:19 PM - Edit history (1)

Used around the world. A lot of their weapons and ammunition have killed American fighters since Korea?

Act_of_Reparation

(9,068 posts)
34. Dozens of countries produce the damn things domestically now anyway.
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 09:30 AM
Feb 2022

I don't know how many militaries actually buy them from Russia.

jmowreader

(50,320 posts)
48. They haven't produced the AK-47 in...well, forever
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 12:49 PM
Feb 2022

The AK-47 has a milled receiver. The receiver is the part that holds everything else together. Because they had no CNC equipment in the 1940s, it probably took a skilled machinist an hour to make one.

The AKM followed it. It was effectively the same rifle, but the receiver is stamped from thick sheet metal. The same skilled machinist could make 120 receivers for AKM in the time it took to make one for AK-47.

In 1974, the current AK-74 was issued. This is like the AK-47 firing a 5.45mm cartridge, with greater accuracy and more reliability. Apparently the Soviets didn’t like their infantry humping too much weight any more than the US did. The easiest way to tell is to look at the magazine. The AKM magazine is steel with some sort of coating to keep it from rusting. The AK-74 magazine is fiberglass, and for some reason they decided to make it burnt orange in color.

The Soviet way of selling rifles was interesting. If you were a National Liberation Movement like the Viet Cong, they sold you rifles. If you had an actual army, they sold you a factory that came with people who spoke your language to train you to make rifles and ammunition in it. As a result most of the Kalashnikov rifles in the world are not made in Soviet or Russian factories.

manicdem

(385 posts)
26. Article on why sanctions aren't working
Thu Feb 24, 2022, 04:38 PM
Feb 2022

Found this article that explains why sanctions have a minor effect on Russia. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-putin-didn-t-flinch-164653122.html. Despite Russia being relatively poor, they have very low debt, budget surpluses, and little foreign borrowing. They've also been saving money for events like this.

Add to this Europe has a growing dependence on Russian gas that can't realistically be replaced for the next 20 years. And Russia would be relatively fine just trading with China and other allies.

Therefore Russia's not afraid of sanctions.

Liberal In Texas

(13,307 posts)
29. Saving money where?
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 08:52 AM
Feb 2022

If they're in foreign banks, freeze it. The money is no good if they can't buy anything with it. Embargo trade. Blockade as much as possible.

There are ways.

manicdem

(385 posts)
35. In Russia
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 09:23 PM
Feb 2022

The Russian Government holds the money. The government itself has a low amount of foreign investment and debt. The foreign assets being frozen is some russian stuff, but also their corporations and investors

FSogol

(45,258 posts)
33. Gosh! After 24 hours, you think Sanctions aren't working?
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 09:26 AM
Feb 2022

Well nevermind then. Gotta laugh at the University of Yahoo Financial News!

manicdem

(385 posts)
36. Theres a point to it
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 09:27 PM
Feb 2022

Were still pushing more sanctions that dont work. We should be looking at other thing to stop them. Stopping technology trades to Russia is a good thing they did. Now they have to cut off all gas trade from Russia.

Russia will sell it to their allies like China, then severely punish China. Cut all trade with China. Its going to crush our economy too, but thats what it takes to stop them without going to war.

manicdem

(385 posts)
46. Heres another one you can complain about
Sat Feb 26, 2022, 12:15 PM
Feb 2022

Just 2 days after the yahoo one. You can send them an email to complain.

https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/26/business/russia-economy-sanctions/index.html

Also to the President who said the sanctions werent expected to stop the attack.

Celerity

(41,939 posts)
42. Russia has the world's largest natural gas reserves, the second-largest coal reserves, the eighth-
Fri Feb 25, 2022, 10:33 PM
Feb 2022

largest oil reserves, and the largest oil shale reserves in Europe. It is the world's leading natural gas exporter, the second-largest natural gas producer, and the second-largest oil exporter, and producer. Russia's foreign exchange reserves are the world's fifth-largest. It has a labour force of roughly 70 million people, which is the world's sixth-largest. Russia's large automotive industry ranks as the world's tenth-largest by production. It has a large and sophisticated arms industry, capable of designing and manufacturing high-tech military equipment, and is the world's second-largest exporter of arms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Russia

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