Because of the “window to Europe” that Peter I opened in Russia, an “alcohol and drug apocalypse” began in the country, says Nikolai Burlyaev, deputy chairman of the State Duma Commission on Parliamentary Ethics, deputy of the SRZP faction. According to him, in order to combat the harmful effects of alcohol on children and young people, a bill has already been developed that involves the introduction of sobriety lessons in schools, and the subject of sobriology (the science of sobering up society. – Kommersant) in universities.
“Peter opened the borders, foreigners came to us and started drinking,” said Mr. Burlyaev. According to him, before Peter I, vodka was not drunk in Russia.
According to the deputy, “the alcohol-drug apocalypse is wiping out Russia.” In support of his words, he read a fragment from his poem “Ivan Volnov”. In addition to introducing sobriety and sobriology classes, the bill, according to Mr. Burlyaev, also proposes declaring 2023 the year of sobriety in Russia.
Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said that Mr. Burlyaev “looks ahead”, but first you need to instruct the relevant committee to check whether the norm prohibiting the placement of points for the sale of alcohol no closer than 100 meters from educational institutions is observed.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the similarity of modern Russia with Russia during the time of Peter I. According to him, the first Russian emperor did not take anything away and, while conducting the Northern War with Sweden, only returned Russian territories and strengthened them. He noted that this fate fell “to our lot.”
For more information about the role of Peter I in contemporary Russian politics, see Kommersant’s article “If there was Vladimir, there would be Peter.”
More news in Telegram channel “Kommersant”.