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Mariria

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No Casinos in Russia, June 30st, 2009 was the last day!
« on: July 03, 2009, 10:55:00 PM »
No Casinos

June 30st, 2009 was the last day allowed for casinos and slot machines to operate in Russian cities.

Before there were thousands of casinos of different size and level all across the country, then year ago they were officially banned and had to relocate to three special ďcasino zonesĒ, territories that were assigned by law with this status.

The casino owners were not believing this, trusting in their powerful lobby that had to abolish this bill and let the things stay as they were before, so nobody has done anything regarding the relocation to the approved places, in fact those places stayed just raw pieces of woods with even no any signs of urbanization, thatís how strong their belief in the lobby was.

And then the July 1st, 2009 came and the miracle hasnít happened, the casinos were closed. They say that 500,000 people become jobless as a result of this act, though itís not clear if those are real numbers or another propaganda issue from Casino lobbists.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2009, 04:46:15 PM by Sennaya »

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Re: No Casinos, June 30st, 2009 was the last day!
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2009, 02:03:15 PM »
In one fell swoop this week in Russia, more than 400,000 casino workers lost their jobs and joined the growing number of unemployed as the country's economic crisis deepened.

A men guards a casino in Moscow July 1, 2009. The door plates read: "Casino is closed. The government has ordered the closure of all casinos and gambling halls Wednesday, consigning gambling to four special zones in far-flung regions in Russia, some of them several thousands of miles and half-a-dozen time zones away from Moscow."
(Misha Japaridze/AP Photo)At midnight Wednesday, the neon lights of casinos and gambling halls across Russia were turned off and taken down, the roulette wheels stopped spinning and the din of coins spilling into the slot machine wells ceased.

The July 1 closure of all Russia's gambling facilities is the result of an anti-vice law pushed through in 2006 by then-President Vladimir Putin (now Prime Minister) that few thought would ever actually result in the casinos being shuttered. At the time, it helped Putin bolster his image as a clean-living, workaholic president as well as deal with concerns about crime in the industry.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=7993079&page=1


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Re: All current Gambling Casinos closed in Russia
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2009, 04:27:52 PM »
That is amazing, what a change in the atmosphere in the past few years. No smoking in bars, no drinking in public and no gambling casinos!
The wild wild west of Russia is getting tamed, and I have to say, overall, for the better!

I wonder if the four remote zones in Russia now approved for gambling will be like Las Vegas and Atlantic City?

« Last Edit: July 06, 2009, 04:45:42 PM by Sennaya »

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Re: No Casinos in Russia, June 30st, 2009 was the last day!
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010, 02:48:11 PM »
Hello, its my first post in this forum. The topics look very interesting and its great to see the text in english so I can participate too. Though I'm learning Russian as we speak and one day hope to be able to achieve some fluency in it.

On topic; I wonder if they also closed the legendary "Taleon Club" casino? Not that I'm interested in gambling but after all the stories about that place it would be shame if they did.

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Re: Casinos try to reinvent themselves
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2010, 05:40:40 AM »
Hello Laurentius,
The tiny casinos with gambling machines are all closed. Some of the bigger places are trying to reinvent themselves, serving alcohol, food and other games like BINGO that are allowed.
The Taleon Hotel, Casino, and restaurants are on Moika. They are still open. It is a beautiful place to visit, expensive to stay :)

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Re: No Casinos in Russia, June 30st, 2009 was the last day!
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2010, 10:30:12 PM »
Privet Mr. Hay!

Many thanks for the clarification. So all the smaller ones are gone but the more bigger and expensive ones are still open? For me Taleon is quite a bit too expensive as well. Maybe someday... ;)

Or is it impossible to find legal slot machines, roulette tables or poker games in Piter today?

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No Casinos in Russia, legally!
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2010, 07:39:36 AM »
Hello Mr. Laurentius,
Maybe some casinos are open for some "special" people but simple people like me shouldn't really know about it :)
Taleon is counted as a luxury one. The building is still there and you can deffinately go in there and see some amazing architecture or eat some traditionaly tasty and expensive food like caviar or borsch. But nobody will come to me and just let me know about some kind of casino over there, if it's even exist.

I want to believe that all casinos are gone from St.Petersburg.

I hope you enjoyed your stay?

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Re: No Casinos in Russia, June 30st, 2009 was the last day!
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2010, 11:08:00 PM »
Hi Ms. Mariria,

Yes we had a wonderful trip to SPB in the beginnig to the February. It was too bad that they had just taken all the Christmas/New Years lights away but Piter was still great as always. You know it reminds a lot of some Finnish cities like Turku and Helsinki so its easy to feel at home in there. I'm always blown away by the fantastic metro service. This time the restaurants we went ere a bit of disapponting. Some new owners I guess. Getting a taxi from Hotel Moscow to Mariinsky took 30 minutes and it was painstaking to wait in the traffic jam. After we told the driver we were in a real hurry he made some drastic moves with his car and seriously overspeeding and neglecting all the rules we miraculously arrived in Mariinsky before the 19:00 performance. So we gave the driver 120% tip as a thanks. :)

 


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