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Definition: Samagon is moonshine or bootleg alcohol in Russian language. The word "samogon" means "self-distilled," and can often refer to vodka that has been made by either typical ingredients, like grain or potatoes, or dangerous ingredients, like shoe polish. While not all samogon is inherently dangerous, like any moonshine alcohol, it does have the potential to kill. Learn how to avoid bootleg vodka in Russia if you plan to drink while you're traveling.

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Pronunciation: sam-oh-GON

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