36 people have died in Russia from poisoning with counterfeit alcohol called Mister Cydr. Among the victims are children, said Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, quoted by Russian media on Saturday.
The number of people who died as a result of poisoning has increased to 36. There is one child among them, informed Minister Mikhail Muraszko. In total, 106 people were poisoned, including five children. 19 people are in hospitals.
An alcoholic drink that “pretends” to be cider
The first information about poisoning appeared in early June. The cause was supposed to be the low-alcohol drink Mister Cydr, “pretending” to be cider, but in fact prepared not by fermentation, but by adding counterfeit spirit.
The victims of poisoning were residents of a number of Russian regions, including Ulyanovsk, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Pienzen and Kurgan regions, as well as Chuvashia and Udmurtia.
The findings of the investigation show that the illegal alcohol was made from alcohol stolen from the police warehouse. The producer, one Anar Guseynov, was arrested. Also arrested were a policeman who assisted in the alcohol theft.
Methyl alcohol and ethyl butyrate – a pineapple-scented substance used to produce fragrance oils – were detected in the drink.
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