Russia cracks down on illegal gambling dens

Police closed 36 illegal casinos and seized 440 gambling machines. The clubs were being fronted by restaurants and Internet cafes and other businesses in the cities of Pushkino, Shchyolkovo, Korolyov, Podolsk, Khimki, Balashikha, Reutov, Mozhaisk, Noginsk and Ivanteyevka. A casino operating within an old mansion in the center of Moscow was also closed down. Revenues from the illegal operations were estimated at $3.27 million. Gambling in Russia has been restricted to special gambling zones in remote areas of the country.