The Russian State Duma is currently considering a bill which makes the organization of unlicensed gambling outside of the specialized gambling zones a criminal offense.

The bill #1093493-6, ‘On Amending Article 171.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation’ would make the offense a criminal one and subject to as much as up to 500,000 rubles (US$7,600) in fines, 240 hours of mandatory community service, and either up to four years of supervised release or up to two years in prison.

The rental of spaces to unlicensed casinos would be punishable by a penalties, including up to a four-year prison sentence or 500,000 to 1 million rubles in fines.

Gambling business was prohibited in Russia on July 1, 2009 with the exception of four specialized gambling zones. Today there are four gambling zones in the country: Azov-City, Siberian Coin, Primorye and Yantarnaya.

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