Alcohol sales restricted in Russian Caucasus region

February 18th, 2009 - 6:06 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, Feb 18 (DPA) Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov signed a decree Tuesday restricting alcohol sales in the predominantly Muslim Russian republic to two hours per day, Russian news agencies reported.
“The fight against alcoholism is as pressing an issues as the fight against illegal armed groups,” said Kadyrov, 32, an ex-Chechen rebel fighter who switched sides and is backed by the Kremlin since Russia quelled separatists fighters in the two wars in the 1990s.

The decree bans all sales of alcohol proof over 15 percent to be sold except from 8 to 10 o’clock in the morning, Kadyrov said.

Islamic leaders in the republic have been calling for a total alcohol ban, local media reported.

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