Vodka is cheaper
Employees of the Ministry of Finance commented on them received a proposal from the Ministries of industry and trade regarding the fact that the minimum cost of a bottle of vodka should be reduced from 190 rubles and set limits of 100.
However, the Ministry of Finance estimates, this is not possible due to the fact that the cost of the bottle is 118 rubles of excise duty and VAT. Thus, to reduce the cost of vodka is possible only allowing the reduction of the excise tax. But such a move could lead to a reduction of revenues at the regional and Federal levels.
Moreover, to reduce excise rates is highly undesirable and given the deficit in the Federal Treasury.