RUSSIA- As Reported by the Guardian: "Nearly two decades after the first casino opened its doors, Russia is to ban gambling from Wednesday across most of its territory in a move that casino owners
say will drive the industry underground.
All casinos and slot machine halls will be outlawed. With the exception of four far-flung special zones, no gambling will be allowed across the Russian Federation.
Russia's prime minister Vladimir Putin proposed the legislation in 2006, when president, in an apparent attempt to wipe out an immoral industry. Despite expectations of a compromise with the casinos, Putin has stood firm.
From tomorrow Moscow's gambling halls, popular with oligarchs and often decorated with bad-taste rococo statuary, will grow silent – at least, that is the theory. Casino owners are dismayed.
They say the move will throw 350,000 people out of work, at a time when Russia is gripped by high unemployment..."
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