Report: 58 dead in Siberia after drinking bath lotion
MOSCOW | Russian health officials say at least 58 people have died in a Siberian city from methanol poisoning after consuming counterfeit bath lotion.
The death toll in Irkutsk, Russia’s six-largest city with a population of 1.1 million, has been rising since Sunday.
Poisonings caused by cheap surrogate alcohol are a regular occurrence in Russia, but the Irkutsk case is unprecedented in its scale. The sales of lotions and tinctures containing alcohol have risen in recent years as Russia’s economy has faltered.