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The phenomenon of spirit smuggling

Smuggling of goods has taken place on the coast of Estonia for a long time. The large-scale smuggling of spirit first started in the 19th century, when Baltic estate owners enjoyed state incentives for selling vodka. However, the true golden age of spirit smuggling remains in the early 20th century, when newly independent Finland proclaimed dry law. From so-called motherships in neutral waters, the spirit was transported to both Estonia and Finland. The majority of vodka was transported in the 1920s and early 1930s. After the dry law was ended in 1932, quantities of bootleg vodka decreased, but the business did not cease. The smuggling of cheap German vodka continued. Smuggling ceased quietly in the late 1930s, but it was the Second World War that put a definite end to it.

 

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