Sergei Takes a Gratuity

Sergei Takes a Gratuity

Sergei Takes a Gratuity Image by Viewminder The ‘smugglers’ who shared the cabin with me on the Trans Siberian always placed a generous cash gratuity into our passports as we were to be searched. Andre ‘the elder’ would assert his authority as the head smuggler and collect all four of the passports… including mine… and he would give them to the officials with a mischevous smile and a nod that said ‘this is my gift…

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