49 Dead in Siberia After Drinking Bath Oil

At least 49 people have died in the Siberian city of Irkutsk after drinking bath oil that they believed would have similar affects as booze. Officials in the city declared a state of emergency in response. According to Russian state media, the bottles had warning labels about consuming the bath oil, which contained ethyl alcohol. Russian officials opened a criminal investigation into the matter, focusing on two individuals suspected of distributing the substance. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said: “Undoubtedly, this is a terrible tragedy. Undoubtedly, this is a well-known set of problems. The president has been informed, and without a doubt, this requires the closest attention and adoption of measures.”