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Russia

 

Police cracked down on an illegal gambling ring that organized games online disguised as “bookmaking activity.” According to local media, the website was registered abroad, and a large number of people were involved. Reports say that the illegal business was generating up to 50 million rubles ($1.5 million) a day. During the raid, police also seized server equipment with players’ personal data as well as draft notes.

 

Police closed 36 illegal casinos and seized 440 gambling machines. The clubs were being fronted by restaurants and Internet cafes and other businesses in the cities of Pushkino, Shchyolkovo, Korolyov, Podolsk, Khimki, Balashikha, Reutov, Mozhaisk, Noginsk and Ivanteyevka. A casino operating within an old mansion in the center of Moscow was also closed down. Revenues from the illegal operations were estimated at $3.27 million. Gambling in Russia has been restricted to special gambling zones in remote areas of the country.

Russian Legislators passed legislation that will allow the government to restrict the rights of those suffering from gambling addiction. Should a Russian gambler be found to be incompetent, relatives may seek guardianship and, subsequently, control over personal finances under a new legal amendment signed by President Vladimir last week. The same policy applies to other addictions such as alcohol and drug abuse.

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