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Russian Anti-Gambling Officials Have Closed Thousands Of Gambling Rings

The Russian Prosecutor General released the stats related to the country's anti-gambling task force, noting that officials have shut down 61,000 illegal betting operators since 2009.

The majority of the illegal betting operators were based in Moscow. Raids connected to the sweep have resulted in the seizure of 796,000 slot machines and other betting equipment as well as 602 million Rubles ($17.1 million USD).

The increase in illegal betting operations has risen in Russia since the country outlawed betting in all but four regions. Many of the offending clubs have been disguised as bingo halls or Internet betting clubs.