Vladivostok: senior policeman detained for covering up casinos
On illegal gambling the group has earned about half a billion rubles ($8.6m) since 2012.
In Vladivostok, a high-ranking police officer, who acted as part of a group that kept a network of underground casinos, was detained. The name and position of the Primorsky region Department of Interior Affairs officer is not reported. Three persons were detained in the case of illegal organization and conducting of gambling. Each of them performed their own role in the group - someone was responsible for security activities and encashment, someone - for economic part.
According to the investigation, the attackers acted since 2012, earning 120 million rubles a year ($2m) from five illegal casinos. This is reported on the website of the Investigative Directorate of the ICR in the Primorsky region. In the spring of 2016, the group began to actively work on the Internet.
Depending on the role of each, they are charged with committing crimes under articles Illegal Organization and Conduct of Gambling (items (a, b), part 3 of Article 171.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), as well as Bribe-Giving (item (a), part 4 of Art. 291 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The investigation, which is carried out by employees of the MIA and FSB regional departments, is ongoing.
Note that from July 1, 2009 all gambling activities (except bookmakers, sweepstakes and lotteries) were moved to separate gambling zones in Russia.
Now, there are 5 gambling zones: Azov-City (Krasnodar region), Sibirskaya Moneta - Siberian Coin (Altai region), Yantar' - Amber (Kaliningrad region), Krasnaya Polyana (near Sochi) and Primorye (Primorsky region).