Queerty is better as a member
Now, let this be an example you to you Queerty, You should do the right thing and sever ties with Stoli. There are things more important than your bottom line.
@Craig: which Stoli are yo speaking… Please do your research before making a statement. There is a major dispute to the name/trademark/ownership since 2003.
In Russia, the product is produced in the ITAR Distillery (Kaliningrad, Russia)
If bought outside of Russia, the product is produced by the SPI Group produced and bottled in Latvia for SPI Cypru. Last I read, Latvia has been an indepentent country since 1991.
So, unless your are in Russia, the Stoli you are protesting about and dumping is not Russian but Lavian.
Learned this in 15min surfing the net.
If the comments of homophobes and hate groups and bigots come back to bite them in the ass, well that’s just a life lesson that they learned the hard way.
What goes around, comes around.
Princeton should have done the same for Robert P. George, whose little NOM experiment turned into an typical hate group.
Queerty is nicer than I am. I do wish him ill will.
Perhaps you should do more research.
While the product sold internationally is made in Latvia, the raw alcohol (and its ingredients) come from Russia and are imported into Latvia. Yuri Scheffler – who controls the SPI Group – is reported to be an “ex-Russian” nowadays. He is worth an estimated $800 million dollars (as of 2010) and reputedly lives the high life in London and Switzerland. Two years before Putin took control in Russia, Scheffler – as head of FKP Soyuzplodimport (the current licensee of Stoli @ the ITAR Distillery) – allegedly sold himself the rights to 43 brands for $300,000. A report by the government audit commission later valued those rights at $400 million. Russian courts subsequently ordered 17 of those brands returned to state control. Russian authorities supposedly once asked Interpol to find him for “threatening to kill a senior official in a dispute over rights to some of the country’s most lucrative vodka brands”. Over $40 million worth of Stoli vodka was seized – allegedly forcing the shutdown of distillery production in Russia and the start of it in Latvia.
From a marketing perspective, Stoli’s previous global distributors countered accusations that Stoli WASN’T a Russian vodka by stating it IS an authentic Russian vodka, as nothing is added or removed during the bottling process in Latvia. In 2010, a lawsuit by Russian Standard over this was dismissed with prejudice, without any admission of liability by any party, without payment of money by any party to any other party and without injunctive relief for or against any party or any of its affiliate. The truth of that claim was never revealed.
As of 2013, SPI Group has admitted that several hundred employees (out of ~2,500) work within Russia, and while they have introduced a non-discrimination policy and domestic partner benefits in the US – they have NOT done so in their Luxembourg offices nor their Russian offices nor elsewhere. After discussion, they said they would ‘look into this’.
It is probably worth noting that while SPI Group does not have the rights for Stoli inside Russia – they do continue to make and sell other brands throughout Russia.
The Russian government contends that ALL licenses for Stoli revert in 2014. Oddly enough – the Winter Olympics in Russia are in 2014. One could argue that a successful international boycott would make Stoli much less attractive to the Russians and possibly do SPG Group a favor. Probably not without a smile breaking out though. ;)
@redspyder: Good to know.
@Craig: Stop using gasoline and supporting executions of gays in the Middle East. I know you probably have to drive to get to work…but common on now think of your Middle Eastern gay brothers and sisters!
Why was this person hired in the first place. Which homophobe hired him and hoped that nobody would notice? IT isn’t as if his history was unknown.
Latvia is a really bad place for GLBTA people if you’ve paid attention to the world at all, so stop pretending it is somehow acceptable.
And look at the heterosexual christians whining….
These people think are such good liberals and how dare gay people reject them…Substitute black for gay and they would be singing a different tune…
Please stop trying to turn this into a ra•cial issue. There are black gay people too, and virulent anti-black ra•cists abound, and act with impunity (cf. Orson Scott Card, Rush Limpblob, Sean Hannity, Steve King, Newt Gingrich, etc.), especially if they belong to the GOP.
Aside from finding the Tucker Foundation with its spirituality/moral/service combo to be a little strange/dated, as a Dartmouth alumnus, I’m happy with this decision.
At first I thought, “Well this guy comes from a church background, and in Africa (Malawi) no less”, so you have to put his past comments in context.
Keeping in mind homosexuality is illegal in 38 African countries (which included Malawi until last year), along with strong discrimination in others where it is not illegal. But then I heard about Archbishop Desmond Tutu (South Africa) making a statement about how he would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven.
So maybe my preconceived notions of ignorance weren’t right.
In any case, I’m admire that the Tucker selection committee had such a broad search, but maybe in the future it should be kept in mind to find someone that fits with the College’s and Tucker’s values. Given, challenge to those values should be welcome, or at least heard out, although not when clearly discriminatory as in this case.
Maybe his attitudes DO fit with the selection committee’s values and it was only the public outcry that forced them to rethink.
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