Bye Bye Babushkas

Freight companies are driving small importers off the streets

Svetlana Goncharova is a survivor. The 52-year-old widow has earned $1,000 to $2,000 a month as a "shuttle trader" over the past five years. She buys sweatpants and sweaters in Turkey every few months, then carts them back to Moscow to sell in open-air markets. Goncharova and other shuttle traders accounted for 20% of the 66 million Russian workforce in 1996, according to the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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