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Soviet consumers love competition
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: William Eaton Los Angeles Times
Date: May 17, 1987
Start Page: H.4
Section: NEWS
Abstract (Document Summary)

TALLINN, Soviet Union - Passengers arriving at the airport wait only a few minutes for taxis to whisk them to destinations in Tallinn, capital of the Estonian Soviet Republic.

The difference reflects the new competition from private taxis in Tallinn, which have been authorized under Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's economic reorganization plan. The aim is to break the state monopoly over public services and make daily life a little better for the neglected consumer.

A different kind of co-operative is headed by Milvi Hansen, a Tallinn economist who is now in charge of a porcelain shop in the city's old quarter. The shop offers candlesticks, jewelry and even ceramic chandeliers that were designed by sculptor Andrei Anisimov, and prices range up to $4,100.

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