A group of 13 students were reportedly poisoned at a birthday bash by a bootleg bottle of caramel-flavoured vodka.
A five-litre bottle of booze split between pals at a 21st birthday party in Russia has left a medical student in a coma and two more still fighting for their lives.
According to the authorities in oil-rich Kazan, 13 of the 19 friends celebrating, were taken to hospital with methanol poisoning.
Medical student Anastasia Prokudina, 20, has been placed into a coma as doctors attempt to save her life while fellow partygoers Daria Poyarkova, 19, and 18-year-old Madina Khamitova, remain in “grave” conditions.
Russia has suffered a spate of deaths and illnesses from fake vodka in recent weeks.
The group in Kazan had been at a 21st birthday party for student Alexander Poyarkov, who is also a local pop singer.
They were allegedly poisoned by a five-litre bottle of caramel-flavoured vodka brought to the party at a rented house, say reports.
Of 19 partygoers, 13 needed hospital treatment, with three currently in grave condition.
A criminal case has been opened into the supply of vodka putting the health of drinkers at risk.
Police are reported to be searching for a supplier, aged 35.
Anastasia is a student at the Bashkir State Medical University in Ufa, who also works as a web designer.
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Last month 36 people died in Orsk and 30 in Yekaterinburg from suspected highly toxic methanol poisoning caused by drinking cheap fake alcohol.
So far in Russia this year some 774 deaths have been reported from alcohol poisoning.
In Orsk, five young children were orphaned after their parents both died from bootleg vodka.
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A series of arrests were made in the earlier alcohol poisoning cases.
In the UK, a bottle of vodka was the subject of a fight which saw its owner threaten to stab her friend for drinking some.
Hungover Clarity Kennedy grabbed an “eight-inch kitchen knife” and threatened to put her friend in handcuffs, after waking up to find her vodka had been drunk.
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