The accused built a 2-kilometre pipeline through a reservoir that marks the Russian-Estonian border, and managed to pump 6,200 litres of spirits across before getting caught.
“It might sound weird and unbelievable but it’s a very real criminal case,” Mari Luuk, a spokesman for Estonian prosecutors, told AFP.
The smugglers – 11 Russians and Estonians – face up to five years in prison if convicted.
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