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Online casino crackdown in Russia

Officials from the Interior Ministry have allegedly closed following a raid earlier this week.

Wednesday 30th March 2011

One of the largest native online casinos serving players in Russia has been forced to close after being raided earlier this week by officials from the nation’s Interior Ministry and having its computer equipment seized. Although not named, the Microgaming-powered online casino at was allegedly the target of the raid, which resulted in police confiscating close to one million dollars in cash and arresting six people including the site’s 33-year-old as yet unnamed owner. Online gambling is illegal in Russia and the suspects may very well be forced to stand trial under Article 171 of the Criminal Code dealing with illegal businesses, which carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. “The casino generated about $7,000 daily,” read a statement from the Interior Ministry. “During its lifespan, hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit profits were laundered through foreign banks by use of complex financial manipulations. The now untraceable illicit profits were eventually invested with offshore companies.” Larisa Zhukova, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, revealed that the online casino was established a decade ago using technology from the west while its administration was handled on Russian territory. “Anyone who bet just $1.76 automatically became a member,” said Zhukova. “The online casino offered a wide selection of gambling options including online slot machines, roulette, virtual blackjack tables and poker; over 470 games in total.”

Source: OnlineCasinoNews

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