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Old 09-16-2012, 08:12 AM
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Re: Methanol-laced Vodka, Rum Kills 19 in Czech Republic

Pretty mild comparing to Russia

The Russian police in Siberia discovered a record amount of illegally produced alcohol. 261,000 bottles of vodka, around 127 tons, were found in a storage room in Irkutsk.

The tax discs on the bottles were, according to the Interior Ministry's Department of Economic Crimes, false. They claim, that the vodka was brewed in the Northern Caucasus.

Black market brewers often use Methanol to create their spirits.

The consequences are serious health problems for the consumers. Statistically, the tens of thousands of deaths from illegally brewed alcohol are irrelevant, compared to the number of deaths caused by abuse of legally brewed alcohol.

According to the deputy head in the Health Committee of the Duma, Nikolai Gerasimenko, a total of 550,000 - 700,000 people in Russia die from the effects of alcohol abuse.

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Yeah drinking Rubbing Alcohol is no good. Even after oral sex with a stranger

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Czech police claim success in methanol case
Associated Press
September 24, 2012

PRAGUE (AP) — Police have arrested two people suspected of a wave of methanol poisoning that has killed at least 25 people in the Czech Republic in the past two weeks, officials said Monday.

State prosecutor Roman Kafka said the two, from the northeastern part of the country, are suspected of producing a "brutal blend" of toxic methanol with drinking alcohol, even though they had to know it could seriously threaten the lives of those who drank it.

Kafka said the two were working work at a plant that uses methanol as an ingredient to produce windshield washer fluid.

He said money was the key motivation. The suspects face up to life in prison if tried and convicted of endangering public health.

Methanol is mainly used for industrial purposes but unscrupulous criminal networks sometimes use it to produce liquor because it's cheap and impossible to distinguish from drinking alcohol.

Martin Cervicek, the country's top police officer, said investigators believe some 15,000 liters (4,000 gallons) of toxic alcohol is still on the market. Cervicek called on Czechs not to drink any alcohol of unknown origin.

Earlier this month, the government took the unprecedented emergency measure of banning the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content. That move, criticized by many including President Vaclav Klaus, was followed on Thursday by a ban on the export of spirits to EU countries at the EU request.

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/s...#ixzz27PN2Y8Q4

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