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18 killed in Russia after drinking illicit liquor

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Such cases are not uncommon in Russia, where about 21 million people live below the poverty line.

Moscow:

Russian authorities said on Saturday they had arrested two people who had consumed illicit alcohol as part of an investigation into the deaths of 18 people in the Urals, in the second such incident in recent weeks.

Investigators said that in the past two weeks in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, “several individuals sold people an alcoholic liquid that was dangerous to their health”.

“18 people died after drinking the liquid,” the statement said.

It said an investigation has been initiated into the sale of substandard goods and death by negligence, which can carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

In early October, at least 36 people died in the Orenburg region from drinking illicit alcohol containing methanol, which is highly toxic.

Such cases are not uncommon in Russia, where about 21 million people live below the poverty line.

In 2016, more than 60 people died after drinking contraband bath oil containing methanol in Irkutsk, Siberia.

After that incident, Russia had tightened its law.

However, the price of vodka is prohibitive for millions of Russians, especially in rural areas where the standard of living is very low.

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