Russian Missile Producers Asked Not to Drink On the Job

It’s a good thing they’re in Syria and Ukraine:

Russian employees who assemble bomb and missiles are (thankfully) being told to stop drinking on the job, or else they’ll have to pay a high price… for humankind.

A top Russian official is urging state-owned arms producers to submit an ethics code in order to eliminate alcohol abuse in the workplace. While addressing human resources directors of major state-owned companies, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets stressed there was a “propensity for alcohol abuse” at those plants, the Associated Press reports. Present at the meeting were manufacturer of air-defense missile systems Almaz-Antei and nuclear corporation Rosatom. 

Golodets added that the “lack of discipline” displayed at these plants would come with a “high price not only for the factories, but for humankind.”

She also urged factory directors to take the lead and cut down on their booze consumption, particularly at office parties.

“I myself have seen corporate parties which were nothing like corporate parties,” she told the officials in comments carried by the Interfax news agency.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that in 2012, 30 per cent of Russian fatalities were attributable to alcohol, the highest ratio among the nations it tracked.

  • Ed

    To be clear, the directive is to “cut down” the boozing while working.

    • Alain

      That says a lot about quality of production or lack of.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Alcohol is like coffee for the Russians , the factory of weapons might be located in Siberia the coldest place on earth.

  • Alain

    Good lord!

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  • Brett_McS

    There is a great British documentary about British businessmen travelling in Russia just after the wall fell. One guy relates how he waiting at a little airport bar opposite the boarding gate, drinking with a couple of off-duty flight crew. Knocking back the Vodkas, having a merry time. It came time for him to board so he got up and started down the gate. He was surprised to see his drinking buddies following him They were the pilot and co-pilot for his flight.

  • andycanuck

    This never happened in Soviet days except for with Uzbeks, the weak link in the Great Chain of Socialism!

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Russia is truly a magical place and everyone should go there, at least once. Stay for a month or two, live like a local, and just commune with the spirit of While E. Coyote.
    The stories from the mid 90’s are the best!

  • FactsWillOut

    Seems to me that we had better quality of manufacturing pre 80’s, when we all drank on the job.
    More BS pussificastion of the west.