Personally, I have no use for vodka. I just don't see the point of using potatoes, for anything other than making delicious golden chips deep-fried in coconut oil...
(Pardon me a moment while I wipe off my keyboard after slobbering all over it.)
That being said, it's worth asking why the Russians keep making, essentially, no damn sense whatsoever to Western minds.
Which is why we have Bill Whittle around to do exactly that for us:
Russia is, basically, in terminal decline. Its population will drop by half in the next 40 years. Its leadership is paranoid to the point of outright bat-s**t lunacy. Its economy is hugely dependent on natural gas and oil prices being high and stable- not moderate and chaotic, as they've been for the past few years.
And now, perhaps, you'll understand just why it is that the Russians keep picking murderous psychopaths to lead them.