Police figures show that the excessive availability of beer at public places often leads to crimes, fights, and other incidents.
VLADIVOSTOK. August 5. VOSTOK-MEDIA – The ban on sale and consumption of beer in public places and beaches, which was imposed on Sept. 1, 2009, is still in force in Vladivostok.
Vladivostok city administration spokesman said the document prohibits retail sale and drinking of beer and other beer-based beverages in public eating places located at Sportivnaya Gavan, the Fighters of Revolution Square at Pakrovsky Park, Sergey Lazo Park, beaches at Lazurnaya Bay, Fyodorova Bay, Patrokl Bay, Shchitovaya Bay, Tikhaya Bay, Sobol Bay, Uliss Bay, Cape Tkerevskogo, Cape Artur, Cape Kuznetsova, Cape Zmeinki, and at the following railway stations: Sedanka, Morgorodok, Sadgorod, Okeanskaya.
The issue of binge beer drinking in public places, especially on weekends or public holidays, has grown into a major concern in Vladivostok. Police figures show that the excessive availability of beer at public places often leads to crimes, fights, and other incidents.
Since the beginning of the bathing season, Vladivostok Search and Rescue Service rescued 44 people, many of whom were intoxicated.
Officers at Vladivostok Trade and Services Department and police authorities have stepped up their effort to fight beer drinking and enforced their raids on bootleggers. However, a number of businessmen ignore the regulations.
“At the instruction of Vladivostok mayor Igor Pushkaryov, we are now raising awareness of the beer sale prohibition among the managers and owners of retail outlets and public eating establishments located at the places covered by the ban,” said Zinaida Kim, Head of the Trade and Services Department.
“It is crucial that businessmen adhere to the regulations. A recent raid on Shamora Bay revealed that beer is not displayed at the shop windows but is kept in utility rooms and bootlegged to customers.”
“The businessmen that violated the regulations were charged with administrative offense and now face fines of up to 30,000 rubles ($1000) with confiscation of beer and beer-based beverages,” she said.