Turkish police investigating counterfeit alcoholic beverages containing highly toxic methyl alcohol have made 22 arrests and seized thousands of bottles of bootleg liquor.
The counterfeit alcoholic drinks has already claimed the lives of four Russian tour guides and left twenty other people seriously ill.
In the southern province of Mersin, the police raided a clandestine factory where 7,000 bottles of bootleg liquor were found along with empty bottles, stickers and other materials used in production.
The alcohol sold under the brands EagleBlow vodka and gin, Raki 7 raki and Mr. Burdon whiskey is said to have been served on a yacht tour in the Aegean Sea but may pose a wider health threat as the company that imported the drinks from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) reportedly distributed the drinks to many other provinces.
Russian officials have reported filed a lawsuit against the Turkish company that organized the yacht cruise and so has the Russian travel agencies affected.