Famed Japanese champion mare Vodka dies

More Sports / Horse Racing Apr 3, 2019

Famed Japanese champion mare Vodka dies

Japanese thoroughbred mare Vodka, who became the first filly to win the Japanese Derby in 64 years, has died from laminitis, the Japan Racing Association said Wednesday. The 15-year-old mare died Monday in Newmarket, England, where she had been staying to mate. She tied the ...

Commentary / World Aug 15, 2014

Vodka: market riches after communism's fall

by Alexei Bayer

Early on, Russia's Yeltsin government (1991-1999) imposed heavy tariffs on the import of medicines and staples while granting societies of the handicapped and sports clubs the ability to import vodka without tariffs. It marked a new era in the country's economic history.

Commentary / World Aug 12, 2014

How vodka limits hastened the USSR's demise

by Alexei Bayer

When the Soviet Union finally disintegrated at the end of 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the new Russian leader, decided not to repeat Mikhail Gorbachev's error of restricting access to vodka. Some say it was Gorbachev's sober way of life — and his attempt to impose ...

Commentary / World Aug 11, 2014

Impact of a vodka glass on history

by Alexei Bayer

Toward the start of the 1970s, the Soviet government realized there was nothing it could do about the supposedly enthusiastic "builders of communism" imbibing huge quantities of vodka. Hence, the Soviet government figured it might as well make more money off the habit.