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Russian Vodka Boycott Goes Global to Punish Putin for War

  • New Zealand chain replaces Russian brands with Ukrainian flags
  • Multinationals are pulling out or reviewing Russia operations
A sign informing customers of the removal of Russian products at a store in Harmony, Pennsylvania, U.S.

A sign informing customers of the removal of Russian products at a store in Harmony, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Photographer: Keith Srakocic/AP Photo

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An international boycott of Russian vodka is building from the U.S. to Australia as politicians and corporations signal their opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine by targeting one of his country’s most iconic products.

At least three U.S. governors ordered the removal of Russian-made or branded spirits from stores, while one of the largest alcohol retail chains in New Zealand pulled thousands of bottles of vodka including the Ivanov and Russian Standard brands -- and filled the empty shelves with Ukrainian flags. Boycotts are spreading to other goods in Russia’s European neighbors.