Tax-free vin­tage toasts leader

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SOFIA: Bul­gar­ian vil­lagers have named their home-made rakia brandy “Borisovka”, play­ing on the name of Prime Min­is­ter Boiko Borisov to thank him for stop­ping par­lia­ment from rais­ing taxes on al­co­hol.

Last month, the Balkan coun­try’s new cen­tre-right gover nment aban­doned plans to raise al­co­hol taxes af­ter pub­lic anger that this would threaten a cen­turies-old tra­di­tion of mak­ing wine and rakia at home.

But the par­lia­ment’s bud­get com­mis­sion later pro­posed a hike from 2010 and par­lia­ment was due to ap­prove the in­crease on Wed­nes­day when Borisov, a fire­fighter by train­ing with a black belt in karate, stepped in and asked deputies to scrap the plan.

To ex­press their grat­i­tude, the vil­lagers of Ka­p­a­tovo, 170km south of the cap­i­tal Sofia, de­cided to call their 2009 rakia “Borisovka”.

Bul­gar­ian fam­i­lies are al­lowed to pro­duce 30 litres a year of rakia, a grape brandy, without pay­ing tax. – Reuters

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