Russia opens criminal case into official after 77 die of alcohol poisoning


MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian investigators said on Tuesday they had opened a criminal case into a senior regional official in Siberia after at least 77 people died from drinking bath oil for alcoholic kicks.

The mass poisoning in Irkutsk, a city 2,600 miles (4,000 km) east of Moscow, was the worst of its kind in recent years in a country where up to 12 million people consume cheap surrogate alcohol.

Investigators have so far detained 23 people and President Vladimir Putin has demanded tighter controls on the production and sale of drinks, medicines, perfumes and other liquids with a high percentage of ethanol, or drinkable alcohol.

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Alabama

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 24hrs, unless restricted by local laws

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: Yes

(Facebook/Black Warrior Brewing Company)

Alaska

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 8 a.m. - 5 a.m. (except election days)

Grocery Store Sales: None

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Alaskan Brewing)

Arizona

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 2 a.m., 7 days a week

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine)

Arkansas

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. (Class A Private Clubs); 10 a.m. - 5 a.m. (Class B Private Clubs); 7 a.m. - 1 a.m. (restaurants)

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 7 a.m. - 1 a.m., Mon. - Fri.; 7 a.m. - midnight, Sat.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Wiederkehr Wine Cellars)

California

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images For Live In The Vineyard LLC)

Connecticut

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 9 a.m. - 1 a.m., Mon. - Thurs.; 9 a.m. - 2 a.m., Fri. - Sat.; 11 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sun.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., Mon. - Sat.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer 

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Peel Liquers)

Delaware

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 9 a.m. - 1 a.m., Mon. - Sat.; noon - 8 p.m., Sun.

Grocery Store Sales: No

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Dogfish Head Beer)

Florida

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): Sales prohibited between 3.a.m. - 7 a.m., unless a county chooses to change operating hours

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Siesta Key Gold Rum)

Georgia

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): Determined by local jurisdictions

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/SweetWater Brewing Company)

Hawaii

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): Until 2 a.m.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 12 a.m. (Honolulu County); 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii counties)

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Pau Maui Vodka)

Idaho

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 2 a.m. (7 a.m. - 1 a.m. in some counties) 

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: Yes

(Facebook/American Harvest Organic Vodka)

Illinois

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): Determined by local jurisdictions

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Goose Island Beer)

Indiana

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 7 a.m. - 3 a.m. (no sales on Sundays)

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Sun King Brewing Company)

Iowa

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 2 a.m., Mon. - Sat.; 8 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sun.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: Yes

(Facebook/Mississippi River Distilling Company)

Kansas

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. (some communities do not allow sales)

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 9 a.m. - 11 p.m., Mon. - Sat.; noon - 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., Sun. (some communities do not allow sales)

Grocery Store Sales: 3.2% Beer Only

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Free State Brewing)

Louisiana

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): No statewide restrictions

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Abita Beer)

Maine

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 6 a.m - 1 a.m., Mon - Sat.; 9 a.m. - 1 a.m., Sun.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: Yes

(Facebook/Allagash Brewing Company)

Maryland

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): Determined by local jurisdictions

Grocery Store Sales: Determined by local jurisdictions

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: Determined by local jurisdictions

(Facebook/Flying Dog Brewery)

Michigan

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.; noon-2 a.m. on Sun., sales may begin at 7 a.m. with special extension license

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon-Sat); noon-2 a.m. on Sunday 

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Founders Brewing)

Minnesota

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon. - Sat.

Grocery Store Sales: Only 3.2% Beer

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Summit Brewing Company)

Mississippi

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): Local authorities fix hours of alcohol sale

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): Local authorities fix hours of alcohol sale

Grocery Store Sales: Beer

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company)

Missouri

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 1:30 a.m., Mon. - Sat.; 9 a.m. - 12 a.m., Sun.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Montana

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 24 hours 

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Madison River Brewing Company)

Nebraska

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 6 a.m.-1a.m. 2 a.m. with two-thirds approval of city or county councils

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 6 a.m.-1a.m.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Nebraska Brewing Company)

Nevada

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 24 hours

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Great Basin Brewing Company)

New Hampshire

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 6 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. 

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Smuttynose Brewing Company)

New Jersey

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): For the most part last call is 2 a.m., but larger cities tend to set closing time at 3 a.m. Atlantic City and Brigantine serve 24 hours, and Ocean City is a dry town.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 9 a.m.-10 p.m. unless bar/restaurant has license to permit beer/wine off-premises, then hours must be the same as on-premise hours

Grocery Store Sales: Rarely Beer, Wine or Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Jersey Artisan Distilling)

New Mexico

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon. -Sat.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 7 a.m. - midnight Mon. - Sat.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/SilverCoin Tequila)

New York

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon-Sat, Noon - 4 a.m. Sun

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): Beer is 24 hours, Wine and spirits is 8 a.m. - midnight Mon-Sat, noon - 9 p.m. Sun

Grocery Store Sales: Beer

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Widow Jane Distillery)

North Carolina

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon. - Sat., Noon - 2 a.m. Sun.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): Beer and wine are 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon. - Sat., noon-2 a.m. Sun. Spirits is 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon. - Sat.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Mystery Brewing)

North Dakota

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon-Sat, Noon - 2 a.m. Sun

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 8 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon-Sat, Noon - 2 a.m. Sun

Grocery Store Sales: None

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Fargo Brewing Company)

Ohio

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 5:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. 

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 5:30 a.m.- 1 a.m.

Grocery Store Sales: Anything under 21 percent ABV

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Ernest Scarano Distillery)

Oklahoma

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 5:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. 

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 5:30 a.m.- 1 a.m.

Grocery Store Sales: Anything under 21 percent ABV

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Marshall Brewing Company)

Oregon

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 7 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. 

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 5:30 a.m.- 2:30 a.m.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Widmer Brothers Brewing)

Pennsylvania

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 7 a.m.-3 a.m. (Mon-Sat) Hotels and restaurants: 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon - Sat, noon - 5 p.m. Sun

Grocery Store Sales: None

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Penn 1681 Vodka)

Rhode Island

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): 9 a.m.- 1 a.m. Mon-Sat noon - 1 a.m. Sun

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun

Grocery Store Sales: None

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Grey Sail Brewing)

South Carolina

Alcohol Sales Hours (On-Premises): Determined by local jurisdictions

Alcohol Sales Hours (Off-Premises): Beer and low-alcohol wine are 24 hours, spirits 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mon-Sat

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Dark Corner Distillery)

South Dakota

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): Determined by local jurisdictions

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Baumberger Vineyard and Winery)

Tennessee

Alcohol Sales Hours (on-premises) : 8 a.m. - 3 a.m. Mon - Sat, noon - 3 a.m. Sun, hours can be modified by local jurisdictions.

Alcohol Sales Hours (off-premises): 7 a.m. - 3 a.m. Mon - Sat

Grocery Store Sales: Beer

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for New York Magazine)

Texas

Alcohol Sales Hours (on-premises) : 7 a.m. - midnight Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sat., noon - midnight Sun.

Alcohol Sales Hours (off-premises): Beer/non-hard liquor 7 a.m. - midnight Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sat., noon to midnight Sun. Hard liquor 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon. - Sat.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Garrison Brothers Distillery)

Utah

Alcohol Sales Hours (on-premises) : Restaurants serve noon - midnight for liquor, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. for beer, bars may serve liquor 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Alcohol Sales Hours (off-premises): Varies by state liquor store hours

Grocery Store Sales: Only 3.2 percent beer

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/High West Distillery)

Vermont

Alcohol Sales Hours (on-premises) : 8 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Alcohol Sales Hours (off-premises): 6 a.m. - midnight

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Magic Hat Brewing Company)

Virginia

Alcohol Sales Hours (on-premises) : 6 a.m. - 2 a.m., no restrictions at any time for club licenses. 

Alcohol Sales Hours (off-premises): 6 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. except local Blue Law.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer and Wine

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Blue Mountain Brewery)

Washington

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 2 a.m., local government subdivisions may establish later opening hours or earlier closing hours.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Spirits

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Big Al Brewing)

West Virginia

Alcohol Sales Hours (on-premises) : Beer/Wine served 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Mon. - Sat., 1 p.m. - 2 a.m. Sun. Liquor served 8 a.m. - midnight Mon- Sat.

Alcohol Sales Hours (off-premises): 7 a.m. - 3:30 a.m. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 3 a.m., Sat., 1 p.m. - 3 a.m. Sun.

Grocery Store Sales: Beer, Wine and Liquor

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Bloomery Plantation Distillery) 

Wyoming

Alcohol Sales Hours (On and Off-Premises): 6 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Grocery Store Sales: No

Alcoholic Beverage Control State: No

(Facebook/Wyoming Whiskey)

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The lethal bath oil in Irkutsk was contaminated with methanol, a related form of alcohol which is poisonous.

Russia's Investigative Committee said on Tuesday that Yevgeniya Nefedova, a deputy minister responsible for the use of land belonging to the Irkutsk regional government, had been charged with negligence over the affair.

In November, a month before the poisoning, Nefedova had been passed evidence that a plot of state land was being used to sell illegal alcohol, investigators said.

"She had all the powers and justification to ask a court to annul the (rental) contract ... But instead Nefedova only signed off on another fine," the statement said.

The Irkutsk region's health ministry meanwhile said that the number of deaths from the poisoning had risen to 77 and that 16 people remained in hospital.

Eight children had become orphans as a result, the Interfax news agency cited the ministry's press department as saying.

(Reporting by Peter Hobson; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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