Kazakhstan: Russia Worries that Customs Union Outpost is Smugglers’ Paradise

A Kazakh merchant carts his delivery at the Barakholka markets in Almaty. (Photo: David Trilling)

A line of 150 trucks waits to enter Kazakhstan. It takes so long to clear customs here that each rig usually only makes two round trips a month. And yet, contrary to appearances, documentary discrepancies suggest the checkpoint is a smuggler’s paradise.

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Richard Orange is an Almaty-based journalist specializing in Central Asian affairs.

Kazakhstan: Russia Worries that Customs Union Outpost is Smugglers’ Paradise

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