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Illegal gaming businesses would be punished with fines of up to USD 7,600

Russian government seeking criminalization of unlicensed gambling

Russian government seeking criminalization of unlicensed gambling
Russian government has submitted a bill to the State Duma introducing criminal punishment for unlicensed gambling activities out of specialized gaming zones.
Russia | 06/09/2016

Russian government has submitted a bill to the State Duma introducing criminal punishment for unlicensed gambling activities out of specialized gaming zones.

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urrently, unlicensed gambling in bookmaker's offices and betting houses is punishable by administrative fines and seizure of property.

Under the bill, illegal gaming businesses would be punished with fines of up to 500,000 rubles (USD 7,600), the offender’s salary or other income for a period of up to 3 years; compulsory community service for up to 240 hours and the supervised release for a term of up to 4 years or imprisonment for up to 2 years.

The amendments are proposed to the Criminal Code of Russia. Gambling businesses were prohibited in Russia on July 1, 2009 with the exception of four specialized gambling zones: Kaliningrad Region, Primorsky Krai, Altai Krai and Krasnodar Krai. 

According to Kommersant, Russia has only four legal casinos: “Oracle” and “Nirvana” in Krasnodar Krai, “Altai Palace” in Altai Krai and Tigre de Crystal in Primorsky Krai.

 

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