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The government of Turkmenistan has banned the sale of alcoholic beverages in the country’s capital Ashgabat and the regional administrative centers. On Sunday, July 15, according to “Radio Azatlyk” (local service of “Radio Liberty”).
The sources claim that the authorities are working on the withdrawal of spirits from the shelves of retail outlets.
The fight against the sale of alcohol in the country began after the adoption on 5 July of the “National program for the prevention of the harmful effects of alcohol in Turkmenistan 2018-2024 years.”
“On Monday [July 9] some shop owners said that they will confiscate alcohol from private shops,” — said the source “Radio Azatlyk”.
According to him, the next day the shops of the Republic of raids began. “On Tuesday [July 10] I myself have witnessed, as one of the major Metropolitan markets, “the World” from private shops, without any documentation, began to confiscate all alcoholic beverages. They brought with them a special workers who loaded the goods into cars. Store owners ordered to appear on Wednesday in the police Department, which will feature the seizure of their goods”, — said the source.
The correspondent of Radio “Azatlyk” in the Republic suggested that the intensification of the fight against alcohol sales in the country started after several cases of poisoning with counterfeit products. “In Turkmenistan in the past few months of increased cases of poisoning people’s spirits, even there were cases with lethal outcome”, — he said.
“Reported that the country had imported methyl alcohol. And maybe it was used instead of ethanol. The result was many cases of poisonings, even deaths. For this reason, checks are performed on the markets, in particular, was confiscated alcohol products of unknown origin”, — he added.
It is noted that the state media of Turkmenistan on the termination of sales of alcoholic beverages in the country are not reported, however, on 12 July, an independent public news Agency “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” said on the beginning in the shops and markets of the Republic of confiscation of alcoholic beverages. According to the publication, for two days in Ashgabat were closed all private stores to sell spirits under government license. This information was confirmed by sources to “Radio Azatlyk”.
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