Over 650 underground casinos closed in Moscow in two weeks

Moscow police have liquidated over 650 underground gambling establishments during special operation Zaslon-1 (Screen-1), Viktor Popkov, head of the inspection of the Russian Interior Ministry's main department in Moscow, said at a meeting dedicated to the operation results on Monday.

Moscow police have liquidated over 650 underground gambling establishments during special operation Zaslon-1 (Screen-1), Viktor Popkov, head of the inspection of the Russian Interior Ministry's main department in Moscow, said at a meeting dedicated to the operation results on Monday.

"The operations of 662 illegal gambling business objects have been terminated during the event," Popkov said.

Moscow police have also held 2,743 illegal taxi drivers administratively liable and almost 2,000 cases of violations of trade regulations have been found as well. A total of 4,747 outlets for selling counterfeit alcohol were discovered and over 31 tonnes of illegal alcohol were seized.

A total of 32,000 police officers, 13,500 vigilantes and over 4,000 employees of private security firms participated in Zaslon-1 held in Moscow between June 26 and July 11. Over 8,000 offenders were brought to police stations with the help of vigilantes.

Over 5,600 protocols on administrative violations were composed and 50 criminal cases were opened. Employees of private security firms helped to detain 73 people suspected of committing crimes and 182 offenders.

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