Infamous award: Ukraine accuses alcohol giants of war sponsorship

Bacardi Rum alcoholic beverages are seen on the store.

The world’s largest private alcohol company, Bacardi Limited, has been targeted by Ukraine’s National Corruption Prevention Agency (NACP). According to a report by The Kyiv Independent, on August 10, the NACP added Bacardi Limited to its list of “international war sponsors.” This is based on Bacardi’s continued business activities in Russia despite the ongoing conflict.

Although Bacardi Limited originally announced it would stop exporting to Russia and no longer investing in the Russian market, The Kyiv Independent has pointed out that these commitments were later removed from the company’s statement. The Kyiv Independent report also mentions that Bacardi has shipped millions of dollars worth of products to Russia and is recruiting new staff. The NACP emphasizes that these business activities pay significant taxes to the Russian budget. Thus, Bacardi Limited supports not only the Russian economy, but also indirectly Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

Competitors in Russia reduced

Another important aspect highlighted by The Kyiv Independent is the withdrawal of many international alcohol brands from Russia after February 24, 2022. This has reduced competition and opened up potentially greater market opportunities for Bacardi Limited, which remains active in Russia. Bacardi’s behavior thus represents a stark contrast to other international companies and will certainly continue to raise debates in the political and economic landscape.


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