Putin calls on ministers to draft tighter rules for the production and sale of drinks, perfumes and other liquids with more than 25 percent alcohol content.

Those who died in Siberia had swigged a bath oil called Hawthorn whose label advertised an ethanol content of 93 percent.
Those who died in Siberia had swigged a bath oil called Hawthorn whose label advertised an ethanol content of 93 percent.

Russia is facing one of the worst mass poisonings in recent years, and it has caused President Vladimir Putin to clamp down on the sale of products with alcohol that is not meant for human consumption.

At least 62 people have died in Siberia after drinking a bath oil laced with methylated spirits.

Up to 12 million Russians are estimated to use cheap so-called surrogate spirits, many produced in illegal facilities.

TRT World's Oliver Whitfield Miocic reports.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies