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Bootleg alcohol kills 14 in Siberia

Published on Mar 16, 2014 10:57 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Fourteen Russians have died from alcohol poisoning and another 11 had to be hospitalised after consuming bootleg liquor, a Siberian health official said on Sunday.

The victims, who hailed from the small village of Krasny Velikan (Red Giant) in Siberia, died presumably after drinking ethyl alcohol over the weekend, said Ms Irina Beloshitskaya, a spokesman for the regional health ministry.

Eleven were hospitalised in the nearby town of Krasnokamensk and three of them were in a grave condition.

"They are now receiving hemodialysis," Ms Beloshitskaya told AFP, referring to a treatment for kidney failure.

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