Gambling in Russia Stalls in the Duma

Published Saturday, October 09, 2010 -

On July 1, 2009, Russia started to enforce a new law exiling the operation of gambling establishments throughout the country to far slung regions of the vast country. These new rules did give the gambling industry some reprieve from total destruction the new gambling regions or specially reserved zones identified as the Primorye and Altai territories, the Kaliningrad Region, and on the border of the Krasnodar Territory and the Rostov Region.

Now three years on after the decree to relocate of be forced to close the government is still bickering over the locations of casinos and which ones have access to which region.
The Russian news agency Tass reported that the second legal casino, Shambala, which  1500 square metres opened its doors recently in the Azov-City gambling zone in Krasnodar Territory. The Krasnodar Territory invested a billion roubles in developing the infrastructure of the gambling zone, and the Rostov Region invested a further 170 million roubles.

Gleb Khor, the First deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Budgets and Taxes, has introduced a bill to the State Duma that would have the Rostov region be removed from the list of acceptable areas where gambling is permitted. Khor thinks the designated area can be better used to develop resort and tourism commercial activity, which he predicts will attract more investment. Khor, said, despite the passage of three years, there has still been insufficient development or casino investment in the Azov-City gambling zone in the Shcherbinovsky district of the Krasnodar Territory and the Azovsky district of the Rostov Region.
In order to propel the legislation to a speedy passage, the bill wants to do away with regulations that require a ten year interval before any decision on terminating the status of  designated gambling zone comes into effective.

Sergei Mironov. the Speaker of the Federation Council upper chamber, said, "I have a negative attitude to this initiative, since the idea was quite correct from the outset: gambling zones should be ‘in a barren field’, because any zone in a city is again a calamity; this is what we have escaped from,"



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