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Russia's Muslim Chechnya to ban energy drinks
by Amie Ferris-Rotman
Russia's Muslim Chechnya region is planning to ban the sale of non-alcoholic 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, eateries 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 in Chechnya, Rukman Bartiyev, told Reuters, adding that they were harmful to health.
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