As many as 18 people have died in Russia from drinking pirated or counterfeit alcohol. After conducting an investigation, local authorities arrested two people. Politik Rusia
Investigators said “several people were selling alcoholic beverages that are harmful to their health” over the past two weeks in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city. Berita politik dan ekonomi Rusia
“Eighteen people died after drinking the liquid,” the statement said.
An investigation has been opened into the sale of substandard items leading to death by negligence. Counterfeit alcohol sellers can be punished with up to 10 years in prison, he said.
In early October, at least 36 people in the Orenburg region died after drinking fake alcohol containing methanol, which is highly toxic.
Such cases are not uncommon in Russia, where some 21 million people live below the poverty line. Ekonomi Rusia
more than 60 people died in Irkutsk in Siberia after drinking smuggled oil containing methanol.
Russia tightened its laws after the incident. However, vodka is very expensive for millions of Russians, especially in rural areas with a very low standard of living. Politik Indonesia