Authorities investigate illegal gambling in the Moscow region [updated]

The Russian Investigative Committee has forwarded its indictment in the case of former Moscow region prosecutor Roman Nishchemenko, who is accused of covering up an illegal gambling business in the Moscow region, to the Prosecutor General's Office for confirmation, the committee said on its website on Tuesday.

"Investigators have concluded that Nishchemenko accepted bribes in the form of money and property benefits worth more than four million rubles in exchange for his protection of the gambling business run by Ivan Nazarov and his representatives in the town of Odintsovo," it said.

Nishchemenko previously held the post of Odintsovo prosecutor.

The exposure of 15 illegal casinos operating in the Moscow region provoked a strong outcry in 2011. The Federal Security Service accused Prosecutor's Office employees of involvement in the illegal business, which made from $5 million to $10 million a month.

Businessman Ivan Nazarov and his two aides, Alla Guseva and Marat Mamyev, were accused of setting up the illegal gambling business.

Three policemen and two officers of the Russian Interior Ministry's "K" Department - Farit Temirgaliyev, director of the department to combat crimes in the telecommunications sector, and his deputy Mikhail Kulikov - were remanded in custody.

Four former prosecutors were arrested as well. They include Dmitry Urumov, who once headed a department of the Moscow region Prosecutor's Office, as well as the former prosecutors of Noginsk, Odintsovo and Serpukhov.

Urumov and former Noginsk Prosecutor Vladimir Glebov were recently released from custody but were ordered not to leave Moscow.

The Moscow region's former Deputy Prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko was charged with bribery and fraud and was placed on the international wanted list. He was detained in Poland on January 2, 2012. The Polish justice minister will now have to decide whether to extradite Ignatenko to Russia or not. 

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