Truck Smuggling $30,000 of Vodka, Cognac Busted on Kazakh Border

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About 10 million liters of illegally produced whiskey were consumed in Russia last yearAbout 10 million liters of illegally produced whiskey were consumed in Russia last yearKazakh authorities said Thursday that they stopped a truck trying to smuggle 19 tons of vodka and cognac into Russia, a haul worth $30,000, ria.ru reports.

The driver, a 30-year-old Kazakh man, has been detained and is under investigation, the National Security Service said in a statement.

Kazakhstan shares a 7,500-kilometer (4,700-mile) border with Russia, mostly across poorly guarded Central Asian steppe.

Russia has a large market for counterfeit alcohol.

About 10 million liters of illegally produced whiskey were consumed in Russia last year, according to a report by the State Statistics Service.

The report did not provide figures for vodka and cognac.

February 21 2014, 09:44

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