Lesson of boycott: Don't assume vodka is Russian

  • by: ANDREW HIGGINS , New York Times
  • Updated: September 7, 2013 - 6:01 PM

RIGA, Latvia – When a number of prominent Americans, outraged by what they saw as a rising tide of state-sponsored homophobia in Russia, called for a boycott of Stolichnaya vodka this summer, they had no more eager ally against Moscow than Kaspars Zalitis, a gay rights advocate in Latvia, a Baltic nation with a long and painful experience with Russia’s oppression of minorities.

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