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This guy is the camp's resident tobacco salesman, and he cuts Shukhov a fair deal for some merchandise at the end of the day, after they haggle a bit for form's sake. The Latvian and his scene with Shukhov help to show us how business and trade are conducted in the camp (secretively mainly). And this character also stands out for being a fair businessman in a very corrupt environment.