You know things are getting serious when the Russians cut back on their prodigious Vodka drinking habits.
Warehouses are starting to fill up with unsold Vodka, as the Russian public tightens their belts.
Pavel Shapkin, president of the National Alcohol Association told Rueters that "people are having to save money, including on drinks, and this is connected to the impact of the financial crisis on people's disposable incomes."
Bathtub Vodka is starting to show up. The last time that happened bootleggers poisoned people with their low-grade market brew which caused widespread liver failure, jaundice, and toxic hepatitis.
A half-liter bottle of Vodka goes for about $1.80 a bottle in Russia.