Bootleg vodka makes up third of market

  • 2003-07-10
  • Melanie O’Connell
TALLINNDespite a recent police crackdown on unregistered alcohol production, the illegal vodka trade appears to be flourishing once again.A recent report by the Estonian Institute of Economic Research has estimated that bootleg vodka amounted to 30 percent of all alcohol sold in Estonia last year.While the black market alcohol trade appears to be contracting, it is estimated the state loses almost 150 million kroons (9.6 million euros) annually in excise duty as a result of illegal alcohol production, according to the report.The survey indicated that more than half of the illegal sales were...
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