Matvienko proposed to introduce an excise tax on all ethyl alcohol


In early June, mass poisoning with surrogate alcohol occurred in several regions of Russia. As a result of the incident, according to the Ministry of Health on June 17, 36 people died, including one child, over 100 were hospitalized. The reason was alcohol brand “Mr. Cider”, which was produced in the Samara region. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation reported that in the course of a chemical forensic examination, impurities of methanol and ethyl butyrate were detected in the seized cider in proportions dangerous to humans. According to the results of toxicological studies, methanol was found in the blood of the victims. Alcohol, which was used to make cider, was seized as part of a criminal case and was stored in the warehouse of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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