14 died of alcohol poisoning in Russia

14 died of alcohol poisoning in Russia


14 people died of alcohol poisoning in Russia, officials said on Friday, and investigators opened a criminal investigation.

Another eight people were hospitalized in the Orenburg region, around 1,500 kilometers southeast of Moscow in the southern Urals.

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14 people died of alcohol poisoning in Russia, officials said on Friday, and investigators opened a criminal investigation.

Another eight people were hospitalized in the Orenburg region, around 1,500 kilometers southeast of Moscow in the southern Urals.

“So far we know of 22 victims, 14 of whom have died,” the governor’s office said in a message from p Telegram.

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Governor Denis Pasler said regional authorities had initiated inspections of alcohol dealers.

“Before the results of the controls are available, alcohol consumption can be life-threatening,” Pasler was quoted as saying.

The Orenburg division of the committee of inquiry said Friday it had opened five investigations, including the sale of goods that do not meet safety standards. Three people were arrested in connection with the deaths.

One of them, a 29-year-old man from the city of Orsk, is suspected of making substitute alcohol, investigators said in a statement. The workshop for making alcohol was also discovered.

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Homemade spirits and household products containing alcohol are popular throughout the former Soviet Union as alternatives to standard brands, but are also blamed for a wide variety of alcohol-related deaths.

Those who buy them to drink tend to be the most socially disadvantaged.

In 2016, dozens of people died in the Siberian city of Irkutsk after drinking bath essence containing methanol, a toxic substance used in antifreeze.

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