nvestigators conducted 18 searches as part of the criminal investigation. A host of gambling equipment, us$ 1.12 million and counterfeit CDs were found, the Investigative Committee reported.
A similar illegal casino network in the Moscow Region was uncovered last year. The high-profile scandal incited a public uproar. Businessman Ivan Nazarov allegedly operated illegal casinos in 15 towns across the region.
According to law enforcement authorities, several high-ranking officials of prosecutor's offices and the federal Interior Ministry were involved in the casino operation, which generated between us$ 5 million and us$ 10 million in revenue monthly.