In the interest of increasing the viability of post offices and attracting additional money to
modernize their network, the Murmansk post department, located in far north Russia, reported that it started selling low-alcohol drinks.
Northern Russians aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a chaser with a purchase of a stamp. The Saratov Region (located to the south) has also experimented with sales of beer and the fermented bread drink called kvass.
Post press secretary Daniil Skidan told Russian radio that they plan to roll out beer sales at 3,200 post offices across the country with the main focus on rural branches. Russian Post has come under government pressure to modernize in recent years, given frequent complaints of
inefficiency and even mail theft.
Comments about beer sales via the Post on Russian Social Media has been mixed with exasperation and humor. Some noted that it was comforting to think that at least they “won’t get bored in the queue anymore”. Others think it is only a matter of time before the post office starts selling kebabs too.