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Stoli Vodka Responds to LGBT Boycott As More Clubs Dump the Brand

There are 84 comments on the EDGE story from Jul 26, 2013, titled Stoli Vodka Responds to LGBT Boycott As More Clubs Dump the Brand. In it, EDGE reports that:

It didn't take long for officials from Stolichnaya Vodka to respond to the boycott a number of LGBT supporters and gay bars launched against the vodka company.

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“Building Better Worlds”

Since: May 13

Europa

#1 Jul 26, 2013
We should've nuked Russia long ago. My dad says that if him and his buddies just pressed on for a few more weeks, they could've TAKEN MOSCOW !

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#2 Jul 26, 2013
This is wonderful. But will Stoli actually put any pressure on the Russian Govt is the big issue.

DNF

“Judge less, Love more”

Since: Apr 07

Born in Newark Ohio

#3 Jul 26, 2013
Europa Report wrote:
We should've nuked Russia long ago. My dad says that if him and his buddies just pressed on for a few more weeks, they could've TAKEN MOSCOW !
The republicans kept saying the same thing about Bin Ladin.

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#5 Jul 26, 2013
I hadn't heard about a boycott of Stoli until this popped up on my Topix screen, but I'll willingly join it. Mainly because I don't drink or purchase vodka anyway.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#6 Jul 26, 2013
Arli wrote:
I'll have a Stoli martini, stirred not shaken.
LMFAO
Gee, REUBEN, JARVIS, ARLI, a liar and an alcoholic. What a surprise.

And, LITTLE liar, only an IDIOT wants a martini shaken instead of stirred. You bruise the vodka or gin and it becomes cloudy, instead of the crystal clear liquid poured over the olive. Of course, since I am sure you drink YOUR cocktails out of pickle jars, I'm sure the fine character of your drink means nothing to you.

I was a bar tender at the Magic Pan many many years ago, and know of what I speak.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#7 Jul 26, 2013
RalphB wrote:
I hadn't heard about a boycott of Stoli until this popped up on my Topix screen, but I'll willingly join it. Mainly because I don't drink or purchase vodka anyway.
Good, Stoli is Shiite anyway. I have no problem kissing that goodbye. Give me Kettle One or Absolut any time.

“Reality is better than truth.”

Since: Nov 09

Indianapolis

#8 Jul 26, 2013
I support boycotts but I don't see a lot of meaning behind this one. I doubt stolichnaya has much clout with the russian government, so who are we really hurting besides people who have no say in their government's policies?

We boycotted coors because they were openly homophobic; stoli has not been.

“RAINBOW POWER!”

Since: Oct 08

I Am What I Am.

#11 Jul 26, 2013
Sir Andrew wrote:
And Arli: In your case, the F in LMFAO means Fat. There's going to need to be a whole lot of laughing to get rid of THAT huge hunk of flesh.
You know, I really hate to see my fellow LGBT people hurling insults about weight, appearance or other physical characteristics.

“RAINBOW POWER!”

Since: Oct 08

I Am What I Am.

#12 Jul 26, 2013
I feel bad for all of the LGBT-supportive people at Stoli, but I agree that this boycott is necessary. We need to send as many (legal) messages as we can to Russia's government and her people that bigotry will not be tolerated.
molodye

Knoxville, TN

#13 Jul 26, 2013
Stoli need not worry, the boycott will soon run out of steam, unless all the boycotters remember to take their much needed Viagra.

Since: May 12

Livonia, MI

#14 Jul 26, 2013
Arli wrote:
I'll have a Stoli martini, stirred not shaken.
LMFAO
Oh honey, you're not old enough to drink. Stick with the Ovaltine.

“Peace”

Since: Feb 08

Earth

#15 Jul 26, 2013
some info on the company

Russian vodka tycoon Yuri ...
www.dailynews.com , 23 Feb 2012 [cached]
Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler owns the $330 million ship named Serene. It is 440 feet long and was built at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy and launched in August 2011.
According to Forbes magazine, Shefler's net worth was $850 million in 2004. He was 39th on the magazine's list of the richest Russians.
Shefler earns his money as the head of SPI Group, a company he formed in 1997 when he was just 30 years old. SPI Group produces and distributes Stolichnaya vodka and other labels once owned by the USSR. The company is now the largest exporter of Russian vodka in the world, according to its website.
However, the company has struggled with the Russian government since its inception for control over ownership of vodka trademarks. Shefler has faced brushes with the law,
The Russia Journal Daily::Business - Company says it wins international recognition in trademark dispute
www.russiajournal.com , 26 July 2003 [cached]
Also last year, with both SPI Group and Soyuzplodoimport claiming the right to export the vodka brands, Russian prosecutors accused SPI Group chairman Yuri Shefler of threatening to kill a top agriculture official.
The DISTILLER #48
www.distilling.com , 26 Aug 2010 [cached]
The deal wasn't sanctioned by the government, and S.P.I's founder, Yuri Shefler, also headed the company that sold the other brands. In 2002, a Russian court overturned the transaction. Shefler, who lives in Switzerland, faces arrest if he returns to Russia. READ THE LABEL.
Russian vodka tycoon Yuri ...
www.pasadenastarnews.com , 23 Feb 2012 [cached]
Russian vodka tycoon Yuri Shefler owns the $330 million ship named Serene.
...
Shefler earns his money as the head of SPI Group, a company he formed in 1997 when he was just 30 years old. SPI Group produces and distributes Stolichnaya vodka and other labels once owned by the USSR. The company is now the largest exporter of Russian vodka in the world, according to its website.
However, the company has struggled with the Russian government since its inception for control over ownership of vodka trademarks. Shefler has faced brushes with the law, including an allegation that he threatened to kill a former deputy agriculture minister over vodka rights in 2003.
6 King Bench Walk - Louis Mably
www.6kbw.com , 3 Feb 2012 [cached]
Yuri Shefler, one of the leading players in the global vodka industry, was accused in Russia of fraud and trade mark offences.
...
Together with Hugo Keith QC, Louis defended Yuri Shefler, the owner of the leading global spirits company SPI, in extradition proceedings brought by the Russian Government.

http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Yuri-Shefler/167432...

“Peace”

Since: Feb 08

Earth

#16 Jul 26, 2013
another interesting article to read is

The Terrible, Bad, No-Good Plan to Boycott Stoli Vodka over Russia’s Vile Treatment of Gays

http://reason.com/blog/2013/07/26/the-terribl...

in the article it claims:

The Stoli we drink here in the states is not made in Russia. It’s actually made in Latvia. It is actually a different vodka from what is sold within Russia. Russia seized the internal brands and renationalized them back in 2001. There is a big, nasty battle between Russia and the private Stolichnaya company and its owner, Yuri Scheffler.

“Peace”

Since: Feb 08

Earth

#18 Jul 26, 2013
Right Christian1 wrote:
<quoted text>Hi Ms Anna, did you know God damns queers and trannys to Perdition?
Repent now and join the Righteous Ones.
You have been warned!!!
Hi Rc,, did you know that I could care less what YOUR god does?
would you like to come to a barbeque?

“Peace”

Since: Feb 08

Earth

#23 Jul 26, 2013
The AssTroll Stopper wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey [email protected], I bet sh!t is your main ingredient at your barbecue huh!!!!
you need to know what you are talking about before you try to insult someone, you have no clue.

“Peace”

Since: Feb 08

Earth

#24 Jul 26, 2013
Right Christian1 wrote:
<quoted text>I was once invited to a picnic that you are Boony68 and Ms Junker were planning but things didn't work out, ey?
Repent now and join the Righteous Ones!!!
yes, we were going to do a live skit from the movie Fried Green Tomatoes... But you never showed up... we did turn the bull into a steer though... too bad you missed that

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#25 Jul 26, 2013
Arli wrote:
<quoted text>Why must you be an uppity queer, why can't you be a neat gay like the Foxy Dude?
Hey, did ya hear about The Golem?
LMFAO
Why must you be a pathological LIAR?
Hey, did you hear about your old mother? Her pimp beat her to death for being too ugly.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#26 Jul 26, 2013
The AssTroll Stopper wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey [email protected], I bet sh!t is your main ingredient at your barbecue huh!!!!
Seriously?
Not funny.
Not insulting.
Just tired.

“Peace”

Since: Feb 08

Earth

#27 Jul 26, 2013
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>Seriously?
Not funny.
Not insulting.
Just tired.
I don't think he knows much about insulting lesbians!! Just how to insult himself...

“Equality First”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#29 Jul 27, 2013
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>Good, Stoli is Shiite anyway. I have no problem kissing that goodbye. Give me Kettle One or Absolut any time.
If and when I buy it (seldom) it is for friends, and then it's
Absolut. I prefer my martinis using gin.

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