But only for those under 18. This could be a form of "mild sharia" in which certain regulations are instituted so as not to alarm the populace or cause undue scrutiny of what is in reality full-blown creeping sharia.
This rule is in addition to others, which include stores selling alcohol only during a small morning time frame, restaurants and cafes are required to close during the Ramadan fasting month, and women must wear a hijab in all state buildings.
Another small loss for freedom, another great leap for Islamic hegemony.
From the Guardian July 18
Chechnya says energy drinks are un-Islamic and imposes sales ban
Chechnya is to ban the sale of energy drinks such as Red Bull to under 18s, saying they are un-Islamic and dangerous, health officials said on Monday.
The ban would be the latest restriction from authorities in Chechnya, where shops can only sell alcohol during a small morning time frame, restaurants and cafes are shut during the Ramadan fasting month, and women must wear headscarves in state buildings.
"Energy drinks are comparable to beer," the deputy minister of health, Rukman Bartiyev, said, adding that they were harmful to health.
Aluminum can, bubbles but the effect is completely different. I fail to see any comparison.
The proposed ban was met with praise from the more conservative sectors of society, but angered ordinary Chechens who are growing increasingly frustrated at laws that only apply to Chechnya and sometimes contradict the Russian constitution.
"There are just too many restrictions lately. We are building a small Islamic state in Russia that looks like Dubai," said a Grozny resident who gave her name only as Aset, 41.
Resistance is futile...you will be assimilated.
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