[ MOSCOW (AFP) - Poisoning by bootleg alcohol amounts to a “national tragedy” killing some 42,000 people a year, Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has said, according to Russian news agencies.
“Poisoning of Russians from faked drinks has taken on the dimensions of a national tragedy and we must do everything in our power today to end the sale of faked drinks on Russian territory,” Nurgaliyev was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS and RIA Novosti news agencies.
“Every year we lose about 42,000 people due to poisoning,” he said.
Nurgaliyev said that much of the alcohol was sold in bottles labelled as brands that officially disappeared long ago.
“For example, the cognac Bely Aist has not existed for three years but you can find it in shops. It is fake cognac and all there is in the bottle is a liquid that is dangerous for health and life,” he said.
Nurgaliyev claimed that 40 percent of Georgian wine for sale and 70 percent of Moldovan wine was faked.
Russia has imposed import bans on wine from both countries, a move that the two ex-Soviet republics describe as part of economic and political pressure to punish them for their pro-Western policies. ]
Правда ли то, что Белый Аист не существует? Казалось бы, только в прошлом году мои родители его покупали в Молдове.