It got quiet, and then Papa filled the glasses with samogon.
The chickens froze out of horror and pity, while Grandpa, still staggering slightly from yesterday's samogon, kept walking to the place of execution.
When the situation stabilized, the production of samogon (home-made vodka) started to rise, and alcohol-thirsty people also used industrial alcohol and eau de cologne to get drunk.
17) Representatives of the state's alcohol production company (Tsentrospirt) stressed that by producing stronger vodka they were fighting against samogon, thereby protecting peasants' grain, offering consumers first-class pure vodka, and at the same time bringing money to the state coffers.
However, Treml (1997) finds misleading the frequent references to samogon
and toxic alcoholic surrogates as the main cause of fatal alcohol poisoning; most deaths are caused by drinking standard state-produced vodka.
It is estimated that by 1987 more than half of the sugar production in the Soviet Union was utilized to produce samogon
(illicit spirits), and unrecorded consumption was higher than recorded sales (Nemtsov, 1998).