Tuesday, January 31, 2012 -
Russian authorities said Tuesday that five laborers from Uzbekistan died after drinking adulterated homemade liquor.
The Uzbek workers were found dead at a building site in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, according to the local authorities.
"The bodies of five seasonal workers aged 19 to 53 were recovered at the building site in Shushary [in the south of the city],” the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency reported a city spokesman as saying.
“Another 20-year-old man is in a coma," he said.
A preliminary investigation suggests the migrant laborers consumed tainted alcohol.
Statistics show that around half a million people in Russia die every year from drinking poisoned alcohol that has been distilled or home-brewed.
A recent study of alcohol abuse on Russia found that drinking caused more than half of deaths among Russians aged 15 to 54 years old, the Associated Press (AP) news agency reported.
The study compared that 52 percent figure to estimates that less than 4 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by alcohol abuse.