Putin extended the transitional period for producers of alcohol in the Crimea


Requirements on equipment the main equipment for the production of liqueur wines with a protected geographical indication, protected designation of origin and the wine produced from their own grapes will begin only from 2018.

MOSCOW, 29 Dec. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a law that extends the transition period for manufacturers and sellers of alcohol in the Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol, the corresponding document posted on the portal of legal information.

Legal entity established in the Crimea until 1 January 2015 to 1 January 2018 used for the production of ethyl alcohol, alcoholic and alcohol-containing products rented the basic equipment. Prior to that date, such persons may also have manufacturing and warehouse facilities, term of lease less than one year.

The requirement of outfitting the main technological equipment for the production of liqueur wines with a protected geographical indication, protected designation of origin and the wine produced from their own grapes, automatic means for measuring and recording the volume of finished products in the Crimea will not take effect until 2018.

“These liqueur wines are unique not only in our country but in the world and the government is trying to provide maximum support to producers of such products”, said earlier the Deputy of the state Duma Victor Zvagelsky.

On January 1, 2017 postponed the introduction of regulations requiring businesses engaged in the retail sale of alcohol in Crimea, to own property, economic maintaining, operational management or lease, the date which is one year or more stationary retail facilities and warehouses with a total area of not less than 50 square meters in urban areas and not less than 25 square meters in rural areas.

The state authorities of Crimea and Sevastopol till January 1, 2017 given the right to determine the amount of the total area of the stationary retail stores and warehouses companies engaged in the retail sale of alcohol in the CFD. Extension of the transition period will facilitate the integration of organizations engaged in the retail sale of alcohol, in the legal system of the Russian Federation, and to support the functioning of retail trade in cities and rural settlements of the Crimea.