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.
(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.
The amount of samogon is especially difficult to estimate.
Penalties for public drunkenness, drinking at work, drunk driving, and production and sale of home brew (samogon) were increased and expanded.
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).