Tyva Celebrates by Going Dry

A village in South Siberia has declared itself alcohol-free and stopped all booze sales, including beer, following the example of two other villages in the region, a local health official said on Wednesday.

“Hondelen village … will also become an alcohol-free territory. This is what the local administration told us,” a health official said in the remote Tyva Republic, which borders Mongolia.

The authorities in Tyva’s Erzinsky district have also announced a dry regime until 2014 to mark 100 years since the Tyva republic became part of Russia, though there was a 23-year interval of independence between the two world wars.


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