The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Stoli Group denounces Russian aggression

Stoli Group has released a statement denouncing Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“Stoli Group had a long history of fighting oppression from the Russian regime. We unequivocally condemn the military action in Ukraine and stand in support of the Ukrainian people.

The statement says the safety and security of Stoli’s Ukrainian team is the company’s top priority.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and are already moving swiftly and decisively to provide support where needed, both to our people on the ground as well as partners,” says Damian McKinney, Global CEO, Stoli Group.

“While we do not have any operations in Russia, we do in Ukraine and across many of the boarding countries.”

The Stoli vodka brands and its owner, Yuri Shefler, were exiled from Russia nearly two decades ago.

“As the Founder of SPI Group of companies, I have personally experienced persecution by the Russian authorities and I share the pain of Ukraine and its people,” says Shefler.

Stoli Premium and Elit vodka are manufactured and bottled in Riga, Latvia.

The brand is registered with the US TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) as a Latvian product.

“We are inspired by the Russian people who have taken to the streets calling for an end to this attack on a sovereign nation. For decades, Stoli Group has supported the marginalised and those at risk of unwarranted aggression. We stand now with all Ukrainians and Russians calling for peace,” said McKinney.

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