17 people poisoned to death by surrogate alcohol in Russia

Photo: Valery Sharifulin / TASS, archive
As a result of poisoning with counterfeit alcohol in the Orenburg region of Russia, 33 people suffered, 17 of them died, reports with reference to TASS.

This became known at a meeting of the operational headquarters on the situation with the poisoning.

"As of 11:00 (09:00 Moscow time) on October 8, it is known about 33 victims of the use of counterfeit alcohol, 17 of them died," the press service of the regional government said in a message following the meeting of the headquarters.

As the vice-governor - minister of health of the region Tatyana Savinova said at a meeting of the headquarters, pure ethanol was found in the blood of the victims and the dead.

In some cases, its concentration in the body is 3-5 times higher than the lethal dose.

On the night of October 6-7, it became known about the poisoning of residents of the Orenburg region with surrogate alcohol.

The police and investigators found a warehouse and a production point in Orsk, from where alcohol got to the victims. During the search, 1,279 bottles with alcohol-containing products were seized.

Three suspects were detained. Investigators opened two criminal cases under part 3 of Article 238 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Production and sale of goods that do not meet safety requirements and resulted in the death of two or more persons by negligence"). Later, three more criminal cases were opened related to the production of illegal alcohol.
15:00, 8 October 2021

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