Might be an interesting biography to read...
This also sounds like the Khrushchev/video game connection:
Maybe it was because of the white cap?
And white spirits - the cleaning product - is called white spirits.
Maybe that's why they are often mixed up.
Cranberry juice is both red and clear. Blood is red and opaque. Milk is white and opaque, and vodka is white and clear.
man, what a logistical nightmare. can't imagine having to deal with something like that if I was trying to get coca-cola from A to B. they must have been grateful for the "unusual consequence" of almost no soviet-zone stoppage.
Edit: And it seems Crystal Pepsi was also caffeine-free. The only difference between White Coke and regular Coke was the coloring.