Another underground casino busted up in hotel of Chelyabinsk Duma deputy

Another underground casino busted up in hotel of Chelyabinsk Duma deputy
Marina Karelina Photo: Vadim Akhmetov / URA.Ru

The gambling establishment was operating only for VIP clients that included people like the son of Yuri Gusak, the ex-Рead of the Criminal Investigation of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in the region.

Police busted up an underground casino in Chelyabinsk Park City Hotel at Lesoparkovaya Street 6. The round-up happened last night. The siloviki seized five poker tables, a roulette table and three thousand chips, Znak.com reported.

Interestingly, the gambling establishment operated in a hotel that belongs to the family of Alexander Karelin, a local businessman. His wife Marina Karelina, the deputy of the Chelyabinsk City Duma, is the director of Park City. The parliamentarian is not available for comment right now. Several years ago, in December 2014, the siloviki also raided the hotel and seized the same amount of gambling equipment. The prosecutor's office of the region reported then that the casino was working for a small circle of certain people, i.e. some famous residents of Chelyabinsk. The VIP clients included people like the son of Yuri Gusak, the ex-Head of the Criminal Investigation of the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in the region.

Last time the law enforcers initiated a case under item (a) part 2 of Art. 171.2 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Organising and Conducting Games of Chance, connected with deriving a particularly large income), filing charges against a man named Martin Tsekov. The prosecutor's office estimated that the income of the underground casino for less than a year of operation amounted to at least 6.2 million rubles ($109.600).

Then Marina Karelina stated she did not know what kind of business people renting her hotel rooms were doing.

"The tenants signed the lease agreement in the summer and it implies that we are not responsible for their activities," said the director of Park City Hotel.

Interestingly, the police did not report on the progress of the case or that someone was imprisoned, while usually Chelyabinsk police reports on underground casino raids in a timely manner. For instance, just since May 15 this year law enforcement officers seized 101 units of gambling equipment and opened 6 criminal cases for illegal organization of gambling establishments.

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