Cobb County

Restaurant pours out Russian liquor in support of Ukraine

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — In a show of support for Ukraine, a Cobb County restaurant poured out all its Russian liquor Sunday.

Channel 2 Action News was at Doc’s Food and Spirits in Smyrna when all that vodka went down the drain.

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The owner, Ellen Thompson, said she will not order any more.

“If one dime of my money and my customers’ money does not go to Putin, then I’m happy,” she said.

She said the previous restaurant owner did the same thing 35 years ago.


While it appeared some of what was poured out was Stolichnaya vodka, according to its website, Stoli is manufactured and bottled in Latvia. The website also has a message in support of Ukraine.

“The safety and security of our Ukrainian team is our top priority. We are monitoring the situation closely and are already moving swiftly and decisively to provide support where needed, both to our people on the ground as well as partners,” said Damian McKinney, Global CEO of Stoli Group, in the message. “While we do not have any operations in Russia, we do in Ukraine and across many of the boarding countries.”

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The message goes on to say that owner Yuri Shefler was exiled from Russia nearly two decades ago.

“I have personally experienced persecution by the Russian authorities, and I share the pain of Ukraine and its people,” Shefler said.