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Putin introduces law to open casinos in Crimea

Russia's lower house of parliament announced Monday that President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft law to create a gambling zone in Crimea, a region in Ukraine that was annexed in March by Russia in a move that was widely regarded as illegal by the international community.
By JC Finley   |   April 21, 2014 at 6:04 PM   |   Comments

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MOSCOW, April 21 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted a draft law to create a gambling zone in Crimea, the lower house of parliament announced on Monday.

If passed, Russian media reported that Crimea would become the fifth region in the Russian Federation where gambling is legalized, joining the Altai, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar and Primorsky regions.

A 2007 Russian law restricts the establishment of gambling zones in an attempt by the government to combat gambling in major Russian cities and to direct economic investment to remote areas.

In March, Russia announced it had annexed Ukraine's Crimea region, a move that has been widely denounced by the international community as illegal.

[RIA Novosti]

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