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Putin proposes setting up gambling zone in Crimea

Published time: April 21, 2014 14:23
Edited time: April 22, 2014 06:23
Reuters / Bobby Yip

Reuters / Bobby Yip

Russian president Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft law to the State Duma to establish a gambling zone in Crimea, the fifth in the Russian Federation.

According to the bill adding Crimea as a gambling zone will not require any additional money from the federal budget and Crimea’s new government will be given the say over location and size of the casino zone.

At first it was proposed the development of gambling zones should be limited to areas close to 5-star hotels in Sevastopol. Dmitry Kozak, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister believes the gambling zone should be built in less densely populated areas and segregated from already established resorts, as Vedomosti reports. Kozak stresses while gambling will add to the economy, it will not be a main staple in Crimea’s growth. Kozak has been tasked by the Russian government to turn Crimea into a special economic zone.

In 2014, Crimea’s budget deficit is predicted to be tens of billions of rubles, but Russia’s Finance Ministry has promised to help cover infrastructure development.

Russia has proposed other help for the newly acquired Black Sea territory, and will invest $7 billion in the next year in transport, telecoms, and other industries. Prime Minister Medvedev said Crimea will be transformed into a special economic zone, which will help lure big investors with tax incentives.

Under current Russia law, casinos are only allowed in four regions of Russia – Krasnodar, Kaliningrad, Altay, and Primorsky Krai, and not allowed in larger Russian cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sochi.

However, finding investors for the projects proved difficult, and only one city has opened casinos, Azov City, a coastal area east of Crimea. The other areas haven’t attracted investors yet.

In 2009, Casinos across Russia, mostly in Moscow, were shut down to curb a serious increase in gambling addiction.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev expressed interest in turning Sochi into a gaming zone, but the idea never came to fruition, in order to keep the resort town family-friendly.

Comments (23)


silverwolf 07.07.2014 10:08

Michael Dunham 22.04.2014 15:57

It' s not exactly promising for tourism at the moment there.
Ukraine just like the other eastern European nations that have joined the EU will prosper, of course this won't happen over-night.


oh yes Greece, Spain, Italy and Ireland all prospered so well, with France and Switzerland wanting to get out now LOL - Ukrainians will take over the toilet cleaner jobs now :) ..those are the FACTS


silverwolf 07.07.2014 10:06

Michael Dunham 22.04.2014 15:57

I'm just dealing with facts, now Crimea has become part of the Russian visa system it will make it much more difficult for people to visit.
In fact western governments are already advising people not to travel to Crimea.
It's not exactly promising for tourism at the moment there.
Ukraine just like the other eastern European nations that have joined the EU will prosper, of course this won't happen over-night.


and why would "WESTERN" ahem governments encourage people to support Russian tourism industry.....these comments amaze me sometimes lol


Natasha Lyonn 01.06.2014 18:06

Yea, let's give them some fun. I've also heart there are lovely girls there, they will have a funny job three too :))

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