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More and more victims – adulterated alcohol! Number of dead rises to 32

The number of victims keeps increasing!

After the mass poisoning of people with adulterated alcohol in southern Russia, the death toll has risen to over 30. The first deaths became known on October 7th, and there are now 32 deaths, the regional government of the Orenburg area said on Sunday.

The number of patients in the hospitals has risen to 64. According to the authorities, some were connected to heart-lung machines. So far, nine people have been arrested – for illicit production and illegal trade in prohibited alcohol.

The alleged perpetrators are said to have sold the drinks mainly in the city of Orsk in the Orenburg region, but also in other places. Vodka and other alcohol can only be sold in Russia with official identification numbers. Nevertheless, serious alcohol poisoning occurs again and again, especially in the provinces, because drinks are sometimes made there from cheap but life-threatening industrial alcohol.

Vodka and other drinking alcohol can only be sold in Russia with official identification numbers. Nevertheless, serious alcohol poisoning occurs again and again, especially in the provinces, because drinks are sometimes made there from cheap but life-threatening industrial alcohol.

Orenburg is located around 1200 kilometers southeast of the Russian capital Moscow on the border with the Central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan. For days, ever higher numbers of victims have been reported. On Friday there was initially talk of 17 deaths.

More people with particularly severe symptoms of intoxication and patients in coma have now died, it said. The national investigation committee in Moscow has taken over the investigations.

It is one of the largest cases of this type in recent years. In 2016, 76 people died in Irkutsk after drinking alcohol containing a glass cleaner.

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