`Russian Hong Kong': Anything Goes in Grimy Baltic Seaport
Frank Viviano 1993, San Francisco Examiner, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
In a nation where laws virtually have ceased to have meaning, this grimy port on the Baltic Sea may well be the most lawless corner.
Virtually anything can be bought or sold in Kaliningrad. Most taxes and import duties are neither paid nor demanded.
Mercedes and BMWs cruise the streets, fueled by high-octane gasoline smuggled into Russia from Poland and Germany. Floating gambling palaces rock serenely on the harbor estuary, in plain sight of police headquarters.
But Kaliningrad's wide-open, brassy ways are not simply tolerated. They're enshrined in deliberate government policy - an effort to establish what its authors call a "Russian Hong Kong."
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