MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Investigative Committee said on Saturday that 18 people have died from alcohol poisoning in the city of Yekaterinburg.
The investigators found the victims had drunk liquor containing methanol, a poisonous alcohol usually used for industrial purposes.
"As a result, 18 people died from consuming mentioned liquid," the committee, which looks into major crimes, said in a statement.
The incident follows the opening of an inquiry last week into a suspected mass poisoning linked to illegal alcohol in southwest Russia in which 34 died.
The probe in Yekaterinburg found the victims had bought alcohol between Oct. 7-14 from a group of people, two of whom have been detained, the investigative committee said.
Cases of alcohol-related mass poisoning have shocked the country in the past. In 2016, 77 people died in Siberia from drinking bath oil laced with methylated spirit.
(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Mike Harrison)