Foreign News: Enterprising Crime

The late-at-night knock on the door supposedly has disappeared in Russia. But who can be sure? Hearing the knocks, householders admitted grim-faced men flashing badges and search warrants. In Moscow the family of one Nina Ivanovna was brusquely told that Nina had been arrested at her job as manager of a state-owned secondhand store. The callers demanded all of Nina's valuables, and her terrified mother handed over a bag containing some 250,000 rubles in cash and government bonds. Fur-Cutter Aleksei Aleksandrov caved in at the sight of the dreaded secret police and surrendered 300,000 rubles in money and furs. One victim,...

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