42,000 Russians a year die from poisoned or fake alcohol

#1
Absolutely incredible. There is so much fake alcohol containing poisons sold in russia that over 100 people a day die because of it. They take the risk because 1 in 3 men and 1 in 7 women in the country are apparently alcoholic. Amazing figures and something that needs to be sorted out if the country is ever going to get on to it's feet.

BBC News Report
 
#2
Where I live it's one in three women and one in seven men. The Russian government doesn't give a stuff; they're too busy doing deals with oligarchs such as Ambramovitch.
 
#3
Isn't there a trick,w here you light the stuff. Yellow flame don't drink, blue it is ok?
 
#4
why do they not just distill their own ?

i would if i couldnt trust what was sold around me.
 
#5
Cos it is a pain in the arrse?

ANd the local mafia doesn't like competition in the same sort of way they like having the ability to walk around!!!!
 
#6
It is a good article on BBC. Absolutely correct. It is an old Russian problem that existed 100, 200, 300... years ago.

The legend says that St.Vladimir that baptized Russia more than 1000 years ago thought about alternatives. He rejected Judaism and Budhism. Islam? But it forbids drinking. So Christin religion was chosen.

Frankly speaking I don't know am I alcoholic or not. Recently I drunk about 600ml. of vodka with friends one evening. But didn't drink (even wine) a month before it.

By the way my wife (former officer of KGB) didn't drink at all. Never in her life she drunk even wine or beer (she hates its taste).
 
#8
KGB mate, I can recall reading "The Russia House" by John le Carre years ago. Mention was made of "Paper Vodka". Does this stuff exist or am a numbnut?
 
#9
Yeah, it exists.

vodka flavoured with paper. You can't really taste it though, as it takes all your taste buds off your tongue.
 
#10
TheHelpfulStacker said:
How the hell do you baptise a country?

That must be one bloody large font St Vladimir has.
http://www.kiev.info/culture/vladimir_cathedral.htm

Saint Vladimir Cathedral is one of the most beautiful temples in Kiev. It was built in the 19th century to commemorate the 900th anniversary of Russian baptizing. Russian Emperor Nicolas I
I myself live in Moscow near a Cathedral errected in honour of 1000th anniversary of Russian baptizing.

As for the procedure then it was quite sipmle. st.Vladimir was in fact Russian king and ordered that this religion is a state one. There were dissidents that preffered old Gods. But step by step Christianity Russian religion.
 
#11
I saw a news report the other day which said that the average age of a Russian was down to 54 and the population has dropped horrendously due to infertility. I almost choked on my gin!!!
 
#12
Doesn't Moscow have a rampant drugs and HIV/AIDS problem too? (maybe even the rest of the country)
 
#13
I was in Russia a couple of years ago and am not surprised by that reporting judging on what I seen then. Mind you, St Petersburg is a beautiful city for culture and I'd love to go back there again.

I never seen so many members of the ships company so drunk at the same time. Their vodka is fantastic (still got a bottle of the stuff that I'm afraid to open!) and what was more surprising was the fact that the Russian beer actually tastes good!!

And the women, oh the women!!
 
#14
the_matelot said:
I was in Russia a couple of years ago and am not surprised by that reporting judging on what I seen then. Mind you, St Petersburg is a beautiful city for culture and I'd love to go back there again.

I never seen so many members of the ships company so drunk at the same time. Their vodka is fantastic (still got a bottle of the stuff that I'm afraid to open!) and what was more surprising was the fact that the Russian beer actually tastes good!!

And the women, oh the women!!
I lived in St Pete's for a few months, the woman are fantastic and if you're a Brit or American male it's in the bag. You can't swing a dead cat in that city without hittin' an available beauty upside the head. Great beer as well although one of the breweries was engaged in a 'civil war' with the two sides dividing the complex, building barriers and an occassional firefight.

Never buy vodka in Russia from a kiosk or a stand, if possible buy it from a reputable store or the distillers outlet and check the stamp.
 
#16
chocolate_frog said:
Yeah, it exists.

vodka flavoured with paper. You can't really taste it though, as it takes all your taste buds off your tongue.
Yes, I love Stolichnaya Vodka and I especially like their Pepper Vodka. Its really good for "Bloody Caesars," Made with clamato juice instead of Tomato juice. I like it on the "rocks" on occassion too! I normally use Stoli's for all my Vodka needs.

My only visit to Russia, has been to Vladivostok, USSR in 2005. The city looked like something out of the early '50's, but the young women, that I saw were beautiful and seemed to be well dressed and up to currant fashions, etc.

Looking is as far as it went since the Mrs was nearby! :wink:

http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-9075618
 
#17
I was in the Irish State Laboratory and was shown around the alcohol labs where they test watered down & confiscated spirits. There was some vodka in the fridges and I was told that if I drank just one glass neat there was a high chance that I would get severe poisening or even go blind. It was part of a batch from a lorry caught crossing the border from NI and destined for the back street pubs around Dublin - courtesy of the Cuntinuity IRA. It just goes to show that they don't give a flying f~ck for their own as long as they make a profit for Slab & his boys!
 
#18
See http://www.itar-tass.com/eng/level2.html?NewsID=10561485&PageNum=0

All information breaks locally, nationally and then internationally. Good to see the Russians placing some of the blame on those pesky Georgians and Moldovans! Nothing to do with Georgia looking to join NATO by any chance?

I'm over in Russia around 4 times a year, and yes, alcohol is a real problem particularly with those on a low income and with no aspirations.

G.

www.tt-iraq.com
 
#19
Like brettrider says, we have a problem with counterfeit smokes with all sorts of nasties, and let's face it the cuntinuity ira also like to pedal smack and other things that are bad for the community (but if you ain't part of the gang you will lose your kneecaps for selling such stuff) do they really care about the end user?
 

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