Weird History The Day Russia Completely Ran Out Of Vodka  

Lyra Radford
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When Russians celebrate, they do so with a vengeance. Not that anyone could blame them after all that they had been through by the time May 9, 1945, rolled around. During WWII, many German atrocities were carried out in Russia, leaving the country's people overcome with grief after spending years being physically and mentally beaten down, literally starved by war and dictatorship, and - on top of it all - they were completely terrified of what may come next. Then it happened. Deep within the grips of war, depression, and hopelessness, Nazi Germany finally surrendered and the whole world rejoiced - especially Russia.

The Russians celebrated the end of WWII so successfully that, believe it or not, they somehow managed to completely run out of vodka. The country-wide party quickly turned into a nation-wide hangover followed by the sad realization that they were completely tapped out of the very product that their national budget relied upon. In a few parts of the world, it was simply May 9th, 1945. For most, it will forever be known as a day of victory. For others, it was the day Russia threw a huge party and ran out of vodka.

A Global Sigh Of Relief Was Released At The End Of WWII

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It was on May 7th, 1945, that Nazi Germany officially surrendered to the pressure of the Allies and called off its armed forces. The good news quickly spread across the world and one by one the United States, Canada, France, Britain, Italy and everyone else stopped everything they were doing to celebrate this global victory. And then Russia found out.

Once News Reached Russia, They Decided To Show The World How To Party

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It was 1:10 am on May 9, 1945, when the news finally broke in Russia. The radio suddenly crackled to life with the voice of Radio Moscow’s chief announcer, Yuri Levitan. "Moscow is speaking," it began, "Fascist Germany is destroyed!" It was at this moment that the Russians decided to put on their big-boy party-pants and show the rest of the world how to really celebrate the end of a world war. Well, some of them put pants on, the rest of the population didn't waste any time running out of their homes still in their pajamas, cheering as the weight of the war was finally lifted.

Russia Set Sail On A Sea Of Vodka

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Naturally, an impromptu celebration of such magnitude called for a drink, or four, and there's really no better place to party than in vodka’s motherland. It took a whopping 22 hours before the country suddenly found itself faced with yet another crisis: they had completely run out of vodka. The sobering news came directly from Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who informed the masses that even the liquor reserves had been completely depleted. It seemed that there was still one last casualty of WWII - Russian vodka.

After Moscow Got Lit, So Did The Sky

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As if running hammered through the streets of Moscow in your pajamas in the middle of the night weren't crazy enough, soon they even lit up the skies. Citizens and the embassies of Allied Nations all celebrated with a vengeance, running wild, firing off guns into the sky, and at one point someone decided to break out the search lights.

According to one Muscovite, "It was impossible to describe everything that happened that day. We drank to the victory and to those killed, wishing to never see such a massacre again."