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Russian committee proposes gambling zones

15 December 2006

MOSCOW, Russia – As reported by the Itar-Tass: "The committee on economic policy under the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament recommend the house to approve the second reading of the amendments to the gambling bill, specifying the locations of gambling zones.

"The gambling zones will be located in the Kaliningrad region, the Altai republic, the Maritime territory and on the borders of the Rostov region and the Krasnodar territory.

"The presidential bill whose first reading was approved by the State Duma on November 15, envisions establishment of a new regime of state regulation of gambling business.

"…The gambling zones will be of two types – 'residential' and 'special' zones. In a residential zone, a casino should be allotted no less than 800 square meters and 100 square meters for gambling machines, while "special" gambling zones should be located beyond residential areas…"

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