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Stoli donates $150k to Russian Freedom Fund

Stoli donates $150k to Russian Freedom Fund

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:05 Written by // Cec Busby

After facing boycotts from gay activists who had wrongly assumed the Latvian bottled Stolichnaya was made in Russia, ‘Stoli’ vodka has thrown its support behind LGBTI rights, pledging $150,000 to the Russian Freedom Fund.

The Russian Freedom Fund is a US based LGBTI charity group formed to support the LGBTI movement in Russia. Their mandate is to fight discrimination and violence based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.

John Esposito, President of Stoli Group USA, released the following statement re Stoli’s pledge to Russian Freedom Fund:

"For many months, we have been working closely with our friends in the LGBT community to identify ways of placing resources where we can help make a difference in people's lives. Through our network we were lucky enough to be introduced to the Russia Freedom Fund which will directly help LGBT activists on the ground in Russia.

“Over the next two years, we hope our donation of $150K will help stimulate positive, lasting change for LGBT people living in Russia. We continue to stand with the worldwide LGBT community against their discrimination and their pursuit of justice and equality."


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and

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