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Russian Authorities Continue To Enforce Gambling Ban

Since Russia banned gambling in all but four regions in 2009, national police have shut down almost 4,000 illegal casinos, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper reports.

Sergei Ivanov, Department Head of Russia's Prosecutor General's Office said, “As of today, 3,900 illegal casinos and more than 25,000 gambling joints, posing as lottery clubs, have been closed down."

“More than 390,000 pieces of gambling equipment have been confiscated and the amount of fines has topped 91 million rubles ($3 million),”

Ivanov also added that more than 1,100 criminal cases have been started against organizers of illegal gambling opertions.

In other news, Krygystan is paying the price for banning gambling in September, as the Minister for Finance estimated that the country will lose 500 million Kyrgyz som (about $8 million USD) due to the law. The law is set to come into effect on January 1st, 2012 and will cause thousands of casino employees to lose their jobs.

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