Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA Jessica Littlewood is leading the charge in banning Hammer + Sickle vodka.
The Klin Groupe, who produces the “Russian-made” beverage, is out of Massachusetts and carries a very concerning symbol.
On the bottle is the ‘Hammer and Sickle,’ a Soviet Union logo that is commonly associated with the awful treatment of Ukrainians.
“The hammer and sickle represents, to many who went through mass starvation, the genocide that happened in Ukraine. It decimated families,” said Littlewood.
After the Ukrainian-Canadian Congress raised concerns over the bottle, MLA Littlewood and Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview MLA Deron Bilous wrote to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission asking for an explanation.
Since the letter was sent in June, the Alberta government has banned Hammer + Sickle vodka from liquor stores province-wide.
“Ukrainians have come here to have a family and be a part of this great country and then they're confronted with these old symbols of the past that represent oppression, persecution and murder. So it's important to take responsibility for the symbols that we put out into the public domain,” added Littlewood.
The Holodomor or Ukrainian Famine/Genocide is recognized as a man-made mass famine in the 1930s, particularly in Soviet Ukraine.
The death toll is estimated to be in the millions under the regime of Joseph Stalin.