In 2009, Vladimir Putin signed a decree and banished all forms of gambling in Russia with the exception of Krasnoda-Rostov and three other regions in Kaliningrad, Altai and Primorye including the recently annexed Ukraine territory Crimea. The results of the decree were revealed by the Prosecutor General’s Office this week and showed that over the past five years a million slot machines have been seized and the police visited over 100,000 venues. As a result, 70,000 illegal gambling facilities and 812 unlawful casinos were shut down and fined for approximately 684 million rubles ($18.5 million).
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