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Penza governor banned liquor on regional reception dinners

09:26 | 26.01.2015 | Society

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Penza, 26 January 2015. PenzaNews. The Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev banned liquor and alcohol drinks on region-level reception dinners and other official events.

The Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev

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“I recently returned from Turkey, where I saw that nobody takes to drinking. They are a sober nation, and they serve no liquor even during high-level reception dinners – they simply do not have this custom, while alcohol on the tables is a must for us at any official event,” Vasily Bochkarev said during a briefing session of the regional government on Monday, January 26.

He ordered Victor Rubtsov, governor’s staff department leader and chief of the regional government, to control the situation and ensure the ban is working.

“The first thing we always do is reach for liquor, and there lies the root of our birth rate issues and many divorces,” added the head of the region.

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