Russia Alcohol Deaths Update: Over 26K Liters Of Surrogate Booze Confiscated After Poisoning Outbreak

International Business Times

Motivated by a recent outbreak of alcohol poisoning cases in Siberia, officials have confiscated more than 26,000 liters of illegal alcohol in Russia, news agency TASS reported Monday. The crackdown on illegal alcohol, or surrogate alcohol, came following the deaths of nearly 80 people in the Siberian city Irkutsk, who died after drinking a bath concoction that contained ethanol. In nearby Orenburg, one resident died in late December and another was in serious condition after consuming similar solutions of non-drinkable alcohol. The products were confiscated between Dec. 20 and Jan. 1, TASS reported, and included 896 liters of non-food alcohol. Authorities seized them during a raid on several underground suppliers and distributors including a ring of Irkutsk manufacturers responsible for selling Boyarshnik, a surrogate alcohol substance that's supposed to be used as a bath water relaxant but is sometimes consumed as an alcoholic beverage due to its high ethyl alcohol content.


Scientists find chunks of polystyrene near the North Pole

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Chunks of plastic have been found on remote frozen ice floes just 1,000 miles from the North Pole, the first such find in an area previously inaccessible because of sea ice. Exeter University's Tim Gordon led a team containing members from the UK, US, Norway and Hong Kong on explorer Pen Hadow's exhibition to the North Pole and was shocked to find the blocks of polystyrene, reports the Observer. The plastic was found on ice floes between 77 and 80 north in the Arctic Ocean. 'The blocks of polystyrene were just sitting on top of the ice.' The world's oceans are heavily polluted with plastic and it poses a significant threat to wildlife.


Report: Iran Group Hacks Aviation, Petrochemical Industries

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Stuart Davis, a director at one of FireEye's subsidiaries speaks to journalists about the techniques of Iranian hacking, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A new report by FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, warned that a suspected group of hackers in Iran are targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and South Korea.


BASF Signs MoU for Fully-Owned Chemical Site in China

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BASF Chief Executive Martin Brudermueller and a Guangdong representative on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of the $10 billion site, which could employ 2,000 staff plus 1,000 external contractors by completion in 2030.


What Is Surrogate Alcohol? 48 People In Siberia Die From Drinking Bath Tincture

International Business Times

At least 48 people in Siberia were dead Monday after reportedly drinking a bathroom tincture, according to reports. People living in the Siberian city of Irkutsk drank contaminated Boyaryshnik, a surrogate alcohol concentrate that's supposed to be used as a bath water relaxant but is sometime consumed as an alcoholic beverage, according to a Guardian report. Boyaryshnik labels claim the liquid contains 93% ethanol, hawthorn extract and lemon oils. However, toxicology reports found the substance also contained methanol, an ingredient commonly found in antifreeze. The surplus of deaths from Boyaryshnik came amid reports of counterfeit Boyaryshnik being sold around Irkutsk.