Putin orders crackdown as death toll rises from bath lotion sale

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered stricter governmental measures to crack down on sales of surrogate alcohol, after dozens died from drinking a bath lotion.

The death toll in the Siberian city of Irkutsk has risen to 62, with more than 30 people seriously ill.

Mr Putin also wants new rules for compulsory labelling, plus tougher penalties for bootleggers.

Analysts say up to 12 million Russians drink cheap alternatives to regular, drinkable alcohol often labelled as cosmetics or medicines, and are regularly sold via vending machines.

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