New alcohol poisoning in Russia: 16 dead in Ekaterinburg

18:00, 16 October 2021
New alcohol poisoning in Russia: 16 dead in Ekaterinburg

A mass alcohol poisoning occurred in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg, the local media reported.

It’s been reported that 16 people died of acute methanol poisoning as several people were hospitalized. The local activist Dmitry Chukreev said that the police had already detained the suspect who was accused of selling illicit alcohol at the local market. 

However, the police officials didn’t confirm the detention of the suspect. 

Surrogate alcohol poisoning is not uncommon in Russia. Surrogate liquor generally is much cheaper than licensed products as many people consume that type of the spirit.

On October 8 another massive poisoning was reported in the Orenburg region, southeast Russia near the Kazakh border. The surrogate alcohol death toll has risen to at least 35 people. 

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

A couple of years ago, 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.

Methanol is extremely lethal as a small amount of it could lead to death.