Illegal booze still flowing freely

  • 2003-09-04
  • Agnese Scuka
RIGA - A dirt path through one of Riga¹s neighborhoods leads to a shabby housesurrounded by a neglected garden. Hearing the knock, a middle-aged womansteps out from behind a dilapidated door and asks what this writer, a newclient, wants.Once the appropriate name is dropped and purpose of the visit is specified,the woman disappears into the house, but she doesn¹t reappear for 15minutes. When she does, she is standing behind a window and holding asuspicious-looking bottle of vodka. She asks for 2.5 lats (4 euros) for theillegal product. Although Latvian police have stepped up efforts to comba...
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