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2001 - 2004


30th December          Moscow           Las Vegas Sun
Russian gambling chain raises $45 million
- Ritzio Entertainment Group -

23rd December          Georgia, C.I.S.           The Messenger
Casinos to be moved away from Tbilisi
Apparently there are 30 casinos in Tbilisi that presently pay an annual fee of GEL 2,000 per table.

3rd December          Moscow           Yahoo/Business Week - 1st December
Russia: "Ka-Ching" Go The Slots

26th November          Moscow 
Russian Parliament Backs Bill Restricting Casino, Gambling Advertisments
Russian Tennis Star Kafelnikov Wins in Moscow Open Poker Tournament - 21st Nov.

18th November          Moscow           Moscow Times
Safin Wishes Kafelnikov Luck in His New Gambling Career

17th September           St. Petersburg, Russia          St. Petersburg Times
St. Petersburg - Slot tax increase
Brief article on proposed increases in tax on slots. A one off 85,000 rubles ($2,900) and then 7,500 rubles $257 per year per machine.

19th August         Moscow           Interfax News Agency
2 killed, 1 hurt in attack on gambling machine room in Moscow

22nd July         Moscow           Berlin Morgenpost
Der Kreml sucht sein Glück im Spiel

22nd June          Moscow
Unicum to sell Bluebird slots in Russia

27th May          Moscow          Russian Information Agency
Gaming Business to be stricktly regulated

7th April           Moscow           The Moscow Times
Gambling Explosion Hits City Streets - must read!
Moscow now has 53 casinos, 35,000 slots and 2,000 slot machine arcades. The cost of a gambling license (presumably for slots) is 1,300 rubles ($45).

5th April           Moscow           Russland Online
Das russische Roulett dreht sich immer schneller
German language article on the growth of casinos in Saint Petersburg & Moscow.

24th January         Kaliningrad           Gateway to Russia
Russian region gambles on high casino tax to fill budget coffers
The Kaliningrad Region duma has apparently raised gambling and casino taxes 5 fold and many operators are considering registering their business in another region.

4th November          Moscow           Moscow Times
Moskvichka Center Sold, May Become Casino
The Moskvichka shopping center on Novy Arbat is just 100m away from the Metelitsa Casino.

8th October         Moscow            Pravda
Russian Roulette: Gambling in Russia
Translated from Russian - doesen't make alot of sense. Original article

11th September          Moscow          Source:
Bureaucrats to fight drug trade in casinos

7th September          Moscow          Source: Channel News Asia
More Russians patronise casinos as economy picks up

1st September           Las Vegas & Moscow, Russia            Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
Casino Industry Technology: Open wide -  New progressive slot system lets Las Vegas company serve Russian gamblers

5th August          Russia           Source:
St Petersburg casino baron sentenced for abduction

23rd April          St. Petersburg         Source: Yahoo/Reuters
Gambling Fever Grips Russia's Second City

14th & 16th April          Moscow         Source: Las Vegas Sun/AP & Anchorage Daily News/AFP
Casino fire kills four
Two more die in wake of Russian casino inferno
Arson is suspected at the casino in Petropavlosk-Kamchatski located on the Russian Pacific peninsula.




20th November         Moscow          Source: Moscow Times
No Time to Scruple When Betting Last Ruble
A interesting look at the slot halls of Moscow, a slightly sceptical view of operations that now boast the latest machines from the US & Europe.

1st November        Siberia, Russia          Source: Northern Light/Itar-Tass
Krasnoyarsk casino co-owner gunned down

2nd October          Moscow           Source: Northern Light/A&G News
Moscow inteds to develop the gaming business
Over the next two years the number of gaming machines will be increased three fold to 50,000.

28th August       St Petersburg, Russia         Source: Northern Light/A & G News
St. Petersburg city administration decided to raise the tax rates on gambling business in the next year

4th July       Moscow       Source: Northern Light/RosBusinessConsulting
Casinos To Report On Big Winnings To Tax Authorities
An online resource for casino trade and industry news