Russian Smugglers Build Vodka Pipeline
A group of enterprising smugglers have been accused of creating a pipeline to transport one of Russia's great natural resources: vodka. A group of 11 Russians and Estonians face several years of jail time after building a 2-kilometre long pipeline located in a reservoir near the Estonian border town of Narva.
'It might sound weird and unbelievable but it's a very real criminal case,' said prosecution spokesman Mari Luuk.
The pipeline was discovered after customs officers in the Estonian capital Tallinn seized 1,159 litres of vodka which they allege came through it. Vodka is a third cheaper in Russia than Estonia.
Four Russian men are the alleged ring leaders.
According to prosecutors, the men had pumped at least 6,200 litres of illegal spirit to Estonia, avoiding paying £46,000 in excise duty.