World: The Gold Rush

The Soviet Union boasts some of the tightest border controls in the world, but they are not tight enough to hold back a thriving network of Russian dealers in contraband currency that stretches from Peking to Paris and points beyond. Last week a Kazakhstan factory owner went on trial in Alma Ata after he was nabbed wearing a money belt crammed not only with rubles but also with French francs and U.S. dollars. In his home were three ounces of pearls, 2,700 antelope horns, which the Chinese prize for their supposed medicinal qualities, and 22 Ibs. of gold, which he planned...

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