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Alcohol poisoning death toll in Russia rises to 29

09:25, 10 October 2021
Alcohol poisoning death toll in Russia rises to 29

Surrogate alcohol death toll in the Orenburg region, southeast Russia near the Kazakh border has risen to 29 people, the Russian investigation committee informed. It’s been reported that at least 23 were hospitalized in critical condition.


To date the police have detained 9 people who are accused of illicit spirits production and sale. On October 8 the police arrested two men and one woman who were presumably responsible for selling the toxic alcohol.

In addition, the police found 11 barrels containing 200 liters of alcoholic liquor distilled, 1,000 bottles with methanol-contained substance and special equipment for its production in the warehouse in the small town Orsk near Orenburg.

The Orenburg region governor Denis Pasle launched widespread checking and control over the alcohol trade in the region.

"Alcohol consumption can be life-threatening," Pasler said. 

The methanol-contained alcohol is extremely lethal as a small amount of it could lead to death.

The surrogate alcohol poisoning is not uncommon for Russia. The surrogate liquor generally is much cheaper than licensed products as many people consume that type of the spirits.

In 2016, 76 died and 123 were heavily poisoned in the Russian city of Irkutsk in east Siberia after drinking the local illicit liquor called Boyaryshnik which contained 93% of pure methanol. Later, the police discovered that Boyarshnik had to be used as a bath concentrate or window cleaner.