Moskovskaya vodka

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Moskovskaya special vodka (Russian: Московская особая водка; English: Moscow special vodka) or simply Moskovskaya vodka is an early Russian brand of vodka introduced in 1894 by the Russian state vodka monopoly. Its production was stopped (along with other strong spirits) with the introduction of the World War I prohibition in Russia. The brand was restored in 1925 in the Soviet Union.[1]

Moskovskaya has been recognized by the green color of its label throughout its history.[2]

Currently its trademark is held in Russia by Soyuzplodimport and, along with a number of other Soviet legacy vodka brands has been a matter of various legal battles.[3] In particular, it is contested by the SPI Group.[4]

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  1. ^ Nicholas Ermochkine, Peter Iglikowski (2003) "40 Degrees East: An Anatomy of Vodka", ISBN 1-59033-594-5, p.123
  2. ^ "A History of the Vodka Label (in Russian)
  3. ^ "Stolichnaya ban spreads to Germany"
  4. ^ "Moskovskaya of the SPI Group"