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Police smash fake vodka plant confiscating '15 tons of illegal alcohol products'

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 April 2017

More than 7,000 bottles seized, and 800 containers labelled Boyaryshnik, illegal supplies of which caused 76 deaths last year in Siberia.

More than 7,000 bottles seized, and 800 containers. Picture: Police of Krasnoyarsk

The seizure of fake alcohol in Krasnoyark is one of the largest-ever in Russia.

The find of Boyaryshnik - a bath lotion made of hawthorn which has been drunk as an alcohol substitute - may be especially significant. 

Counterfeit sales of this last year caused mass poisoning in Irkutsk, leading to 76 deaths and 123 people needing medical treatment.

Last year this caused mass poisoning in Irkutsk. Pictures: Vesti Irkutsk

Police also found more than 15,000 litres of pure alcohol, and 20,000 empty vodka bottles of vodka, with supplies of fake labels,  bags, boxes, and lids.

Three men were detained, one aged 42, the others 22. 

Vladimir Yurchenko, spokesman for the Krasnoyarsk regional police, said: 'A lot depends on experts' opinion now. 

'At the moment we even don~t know what kind of pure alcohol is in those large containers - methyl or ethyl. 

It is one of the largest supplies of fake alcohol. Pictures: Police of Krasnoyarsk

'We need to know if Boyaryshnik was actually inside the 'Boyaryshnik' bottles. 

'I can only say that it is one of the largest supplies of fake alcohol found  in our region if not the whole country.'

Expected charges include illegal business activities or making products dangerous to people's life and health.

Comments (1)

would be great to see what the authorities are going to do with all this?
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
15/04/2017 19:15

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