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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

In front of a loud and somewhat lubricated crowd, the Four Winds Bar in Cheyenne dumped dozens of bottles of Stoli Vodka in protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Kiona Shepard, the manager of Four Winds, began tossing the vodka into the parking lot with plenty of help from the popular establishment’s patrons.

As the group emptied the bottles to chants of “We support Ukraine” and other less family-friendly shouts, many drivers along Pershing Boulevard honked their horns in support.

JJ Moran, owner of Four Winds, said the decision to get rid of Russian vodka and stop selling it altogether was his way of resisting “Russia’s aggression”.

“You just feel like there’s nothing you can do when you see these poor people in Ukraine,” Moran said. “On the news, you see husbands accompanying their families to the border, then they return to fight for their country – perhaps never to see their families again.”

“It’s our personal sanction,” he said. “This is how we can make a difference.”

Moran said Stoli vodka is Russia’s most popular vodka export and if every bar in the city, state and country did it, it would be a way to send a powerful message.

“We’ll hit them right in their wallet,” he said.

In addition to the removal of the Stoli product, Shepard placed signs throughout the establishment reading “In support of Ukraine, we don’t serve Russian vodka.”

Additionally, Moran said the bar will no longer serve White Russians or Moscow mules. Concoctions of these drinks will still be served, he said, but they will name them something else.

Moran said he was considering mixing a non-Russian vodka with Fireball whiskey and calling it a Poutine Punch.

“Their economy isn’t the best right now,” Moran added. “Hopefully we can all stick together and hit them where it hurts.”

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