This is interesting news - it's about a decision to retract operations made by one brewery in Russia:
Turkish brewer Anadolu Efes has announced that it will stop producing beer and yeast in its Moscow facilities and will move production to other parts of Russia by Jan. 1, 2014. In a written statement issued yesterday to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP), the company said the decision was made after the Russian beer market shrank by 20 percent over the last five years, and the capacity usage for brewers fell to around 60 percent.
Seems that the changes which started to be introduced a few years ago are having an effect. Beer is no longer being treated as the equivalent of soda pop. But there's more to this than state control - there is also mention in that article that general economic decline. There seems to be some truth in that. Stagnancy is not going to help get rid of this sort of scene: "...shaved heads, sweaty snouts, and stretchmarked potbellies, sitting on the guardrail near our doorway, guzzling beer and smoking..." Magic moments.
Oddly, in 2010 someone took the time to wonder out loud about the opportunity to import US craft beer into Russia. Hardly likely all that attractive. Beaumont and Webb only mention in The Atlas that there might be a future for craft beer in St. Petersburg. Maybe. Seems to be there are bigger issues that are being dealt with there first.