The Gay Boycott Against Russian Vodka: Stoli's CEO Speaks Out

The bar at an after-party hosted by Stolichnaya vodka in April in New York Photograph by Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Gay bars from West Hollywood to London are pulling Russian vodka from their shelves in protest of the country’s anti-gay laws. Columnist Dan Savage launched the effort. He published a story last Wednesday titled “Why I’m Boycotting Russian Vodka,” and rallied supporters on Twitter using the hashtag #DumpStoli, a reference to the popular vodka brand Stolichnaya.

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