No, Vyacheslav Molotov is not the inventor of this very popular weapon used during riots and violent demonstrations. It was the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR during World War II, more precisely during the attempted invasion of Finland by Soviet historical episode known as the Winter War. The latter defended the bombing of Finland at the time, and explained that the USSR delivered food to the starving Finns.. They began to call the Soviet aerial bombs "picnic baskets Molotov." Poorly equipped and outnumbered, they fought back with explosive bottles on the tanks of the Red Army, since the weapon is known as the "Molotov cocktail"!