This undated file picture, shows Russians purchasing vodka from a street kiosk in Moscow. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER NEMENOV
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday ordered tighter regulations on alcohol as the death toll among those who drank bath essence containing toxic methanol rose to 62 in Siberia.The measures came after the Siberian city of Irkutsk has seen a wave of deaths among those who consumed a liquid labelled as hawthorn-flavoured bath essence that contained methanol, a toxic substance used in antifreeze.Such liquids usually contain drinkable ethanol, not methanol which is deadly even in small doses.
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