Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Many people smuggle drugs, but only Ukrainians smuggle salo!

Russian border police on Monday arrested a group of five Ukrainians attempting to smuggle three tons of raw salted pork fat across the international border, the Interfax news agency reported.

The arrests took place in the early morning hours after Russian troops detected three automobiles attempting to exit Russian territory via a field near the village of Gorlovka, in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk province.

Russian law enforcers arriving on the scene halted three GAZ sedans, each crammed with a ton of raw salted pork fat, cut into slabs and wrapped in newspapers.

The GAZ-24 Volga is an economy-sized automobile with a cargo capacity of some 500 kilos.
The three arrested drivers and two passengers explained that the vehicle convoy was moving off-road to reduce travel time back to Gorlovka village, incidentally avoiding border checkpoints in the process.

Russian authorities released the suspects later in the day after filing smuggling charges. The vehicles and fat were impounded.

Raw salted pork fat, or "salo," is considered a delicacy in Ukraine, where it is known as the national food.

Three tons of "salo" would retail in the Ukrainian capital Kiev at approximately nine thousand dollars.


At 12:26 AM, Blogger Tash2000 said...

I loved the story, but as native Ukrainian, more over native Gorlovka (ex) resident I can't help but correct the mistake. Gorlovka has 300,000 inhabitants and never was considered a village - rather large city. The reason some confuse it with the village is because it has this particular name that ends with "a" which in most cases in Ukrainian or Russian language would imply village. Well, this is not the case. Gorlovka is a city (not even a town) :)


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