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Friendship Pipeline


Yes, yes, I know that moonshine is potentially dangerous stuff, but I can’t help admiring the initiative that went into this:

“Border guards in Lithuania have unearthed a lengthy pipeline that was intended to ship illicit alcohol from the neighbouring, authoritarian state of Belarus, giving Lithuanians a last cheap and perhaps deadly shot of Soviet-era liquor on the edge of the newly expanded European Union. Rokas Bukinskas, spokesman for the Lithuanian border guard, said: “We found it [yesterday]. It is 3km [2 miles] long and goes under a local river, some fields and roads.”

It’s also nice to know that some forms of genuinely free enterprise are hanging on in Belarus, a country run by a thug who is the worst sort of post-Soviet nightmare.


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