Russia: Eighteen people die after drinking alcohol containing methanol

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Russia: Eighteen people die after drinking alcohol containing methanol


Eighteen people died of alcohol poisoning in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg.

Between October 7 and 14, the victims were sold alcohol containing methanol, which is poisonous and generally used for industrial purposes.

The Russian investigative committee said two people had been arrested in connection with the deaths.

The country’s news agency TASS quoted Valery Gorelykh, spokesperson for the Russian Interior Ministry’s branch for the Sverdlovsk region, as saying that the suspects are local residents born in 1978 and 1967.

“The police are investigating the links of the suspects and the length of their involvement in illegal cases,” he said, adding: “They also establish the exact number of victims.”

Suspects could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of negligent sales of dangerous products that have resulted in the deaths of two or more people.

It comes after an investigation was opened last week into the sale of illegal alcohol in southwest Russia.

This incident resulted in the death of 34 people.

In 2016, 77 people died in Siberia after drinking bath oil mixed with methylated spirits.

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