Rospotrebnadzor does not support initiatives regarding the legalization of online sales of alcohol. This was stated by the head of the department of federal state supervision in the field of consumer rights protection of Rospotrebnadzor Oleg Prusakov at a meeting of the inter-factional working group in the State Duma.
“I would like to say that the position of Rospotrebnadzor is quite clear and precise – we do not support initiatives that relate to permission for online sales of alcoholic beverages,” he said (quote according to TASS).
The official explained that in Russia, if the online sale of alcohol is legalized, there may be widespread cases of the goods received not matching the order. “And in the worst case, it will be dangerous, surrogate, with all the ensuing consequences,” he added.
In Russia, starting from 2022, the possibility of liberalizing the trade in alcohol has been actively discussed. Initially, it was planned to conduct an experiment with the online sale of Russian wines through Russian Post from the fall of 2023. The Government Commission approved its implementation from November 1, 2023 to July 31, 2026. The Ministry of Finance was involved in the development of the bill, and in the spring of 2023 it was submitted to the State Duma , but in mid-June it became known that discussion of the bill in parliament was suspended.
At the same time, a bill by Senator Andrei Klishas on the legalization of online trading was introduced into the State Duma. The permit will only be valid if the seller is included in the register of persons owning sites for the remote retail sale of alcohol. Rosalkoregulirovanie will maintain such a register. In this case, the user will have to confirm his age through an account in the Unified System of Identification and Authentication (USIA), as well as when receiving alcohol – using a passport or a QR code indicating the identification.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade supported the idea of the bill, but the Association of Retail Trade Companies (AKORT; unites) opposed the legalization of online sales of alcohol. X5 Group, “Magnet“, Auchan, “Ribbon” and etc.). ACORT suggests that online alcohol sales remain a “weakly controlled and high-risk sales channel” and its legalization creates risks for consumers.