To take advantage ofa loophole in Russian tax laws, 20 officers of the Baltic Fleetlisted themselves as ordinary seamen during a visit to Germanyso that they could import German cars into Russia without payingany duty, Moskovsky komsomolets reported August 15. UnderRussian law, sailors but not officers have the right to importcars without paying a tax. Among the new sailors were seniorofficers such as the chief of the Baltic Fleet finance and personneldepartments.
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