Russian Gambling Laws – Russia has struggled to deal with gambling. It was banned during the communist era and then legalised during the late 1980’s. Following increasing social problems it is now only permitted in 5 designated zones.

History of Russian Gambling Laws

Russian Gambling Laws

USSR – The Communist Era

During 1928 gambling was banned following a report claiming that gambling was a bourgeois pastime not compatible with the spirit of the working proletariat. All gaming houses in the Soviet Union were duly closed. The end of Russian gambling.

Subsequently during 1932 a resolution was passed to regulate the state lottery business.

During 1988, in a drive to promote tourism, slot machines were legalised in some hotels. In August 1989 the Soviet Government lifted the ban on gambling and the first gambling house was opened in Moscow. The first casino opened in Moscow’s Savoy Hotel.

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