September 18, 2008


Eleven men have appeared in court in Estonia charged with evading taxes by smuggling homemade vodka through a mile-long underwater tube. Prosecutors say that at least 6,200 litres (1,360 gallons) of illegal spirits had been pumped through the plastic pipeline, laid at the bottom of a reservoir that separates the Estonian town of Narva from Ivangorod in Russia.

The smugglers taped together hundreds of short lengths of plastic tubing to create the pipe, in a feat of engineering and perseverance that enabled them to avoid 900,000 Estonian crowns (about £45,000) in excise duty.

A ripple of applause went round the court room as they entered.

1 comment:

Indigobusiness said...


Danged old revenuers.