Tuesday August 4, 2020

Russians turn to the bottle in collective despair

The Last Man In Russia by Oliver Bullough. Allen Lane, €25.20. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien.

24th March, 2013
Russians buying vodka from a street kiosk in Moscow. Photo: Getty

The Last Man In Russia


It's hardly news that the plain people of Russia - in common with their neighbours in Ukraine, Poland and the former Czechoslovakia, and indeed with ourselves - enjoy a drink. Where they differ from us is that the scale and ferocity of their thirst now represent the sort of national concern that dwarves a few tabloid headlines about teenagers lobbing pint glasses around in Temple Bar on Paddy's Day.

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