North Korea Accused of Running Casino Out of Russian Embassy

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The government of North Korea is being accused of running an illegal casino operation out of their embassy in Moscow, Russia, which was uncovered by Russian law enforcement.

The accusation comes as investigators uncovered 15 different illegal betting locations throughout the city, with more than 100 people arrested in conjunction with the rings. One of the locations was found to be on the North Korean embassy location, which is believed to have serviced VIP players, including layers and politicians.

Investigators couldn't access the site, as officials cited that the embassy is sovereign territory. A spokesperson at the embassy denied the accusations, saying: "We know nothing about this."

In the past, North Korea has been accused of running online casinos as a way to bring in revenues to the cash-strapped country, which has numerous sanctions placed on it. This is the first time we've heard of an underground casino running on the grounds of a diplomatic center, however.

We'll keep following this story and update readers as we learn more.

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4 October 2018 - 6:55pm

Wow, now there's illegal gambling accusations on an international level.

I hope that wont bring WW III upon us, but that so impudent if you will from the North Koreans, they breaking the whole idea of the communism, and that's their slightest fault.

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5 October 2018 - 2:35am

What a shame.... I don't know what to say...

Kim Jung Eun reportedly is going to visit Russia very soon, probably right after the US Secretary of State's visit in a few days.

What a bizarre coincidence of this accusations??

Maybe the Russian police accidently did their job too hard ? 🙂