Almost 800 casinos closed in Moscow in 2012

Around 800 illegal casinos were closed in Moscow in 2012, Head of the Regional Security Department of the Moscow Mayor's Office, Alexei Mayorov, said at a meeting of the mayor's office on Tuesday.

"Almost 800 casinos were closed in 2012 amid joint efforts of interior affairs bodies, the tax service, bailiff service and regulatory bodies of administrative districts, and their organizers were held administratively or criminally liable," Mayorov said.

Mayorov said that the work to detect and close illegal casinos and slot machine parlors would be carried out further.

"A total of 190 additional addresses on residents' reports were found this year so far, where banned gambling games are held under cover of legitimate activities," the official said.

Mayorov said that each report was followed by measures to terminate illegal activities.

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