Russia: Putin calls for alcohol tax increase after bath oil deaths

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked the members of the State Duma for their work on the federal budget in Moscow, Wednesday, but also addressed the recent deaths caused by dozens drinking a toxic alcohol substitute.
Putin stated that the Russian legislative elections were the most important event of the passing year. He thanked the officials that this didn’t interfere with other duties and that a budget for the Russian Federation could be created that has a “positive impact on country’s economy in general.”
The Russian President also touched on the issue of state monopoly on alcohol in connection with the toxic alcoholic bath oil in Irkutsk. He condemned the low excise of alcoholic products and demanded to have it increased.
At the end of the speech, the president wished the State Duma members a happy New Year and offered them a glass of champagne.