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Russia casinos ordered out

29 January 2007

RUSSIA – As reported by the BBC News: "A rapid growth in gambling has prompted Russia to ban all casinos and gaming halls from its major towns and cities.

"From Tolstoy to Dostoevsky, Russia's long love-affair with gambling is well documented in the country's greatest works of literature.

"So it should not come as a great surprise that it is once again boom-time for the gambling industry here, after being banned for most of the last century by the communists.

"Some parts of Moscow now bear more resemblance to Las Vegas than the heart of a nation which once provided the most powerful alternative to Western capitalism.

"…The Russian government says there are very good reasons for imposing such tough new regulations. It seems the exponential growth in casinos and arcades has been matched by a similar growth in the number of gambling addicts across Russia.

"Reliable figures are difficult to come by and do vary significantly…"

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