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February 14, 2007

"One-Handed Bandits" Tightly Pressed

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I am indifferent to gambling machines. But not my friend Andrey – once he played away all his salary. History is silent on what his wife said to him that evening. There are many people like Andrey, and that is why public opinion about “one-handed bandits” is controversial. Some do not see anything harmful in them: everybody decides himself to play or not to play. Others demand to close such establishments not to tempt gamblers.

The RF Government however set to reduction the things to order in gambling business. In three years there will not be any casinos in cities: they will move to special gambling areas. Gambling machines will disappear as well. But what about the current situation?

”CHAMOMILES WHITHER”

Evgenya Tagiyeva is the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Administration Consumer Market, Entrepreneurship and Agroindustrial Complex Department Administrative Legislation Control Office Chief. She told that about 60 gambling centers were located in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk at the moment. Last year so-called “chamomiles” – six gambling machines joint together – were placed at every shop. 19 “chamomiles” have been cut off power by Energosbyt employees because of violations. But these 60 gambling centers work unlawfully: the Department have never issued permissions for their opening.

9 entrepreneurs owning 36 gambling halls applied to the Administration for the permissions. But according to the laws, such halls can not be located closer than in 500 meters from schools, hospitals, social objects and some state agencies. The requirement have not been fulfilled. Last year the office specialists have drawn 24 reports about administrative violations by gambling centers’ owners. The documents were sent to law-enforcement agenicies. In 2007 5 more reports were sent.

The Sakhalin Oblast Duma Deputy Chairman Alexander Kislitsyn told that 10 gambling centers were checked in October, 2006, and no one had permission for the activity. Before there were shops selling alcohol. After law regulating alcohol trade several shops lost their licenses for trade and gave their rooms to the gambling halls. But taxes taken from shops and from gambling centers are different – gambling centers owners are to pay much more. It is the Tax Legislation violation. Nevertheless, not a single gambling center has been closed in the town.

WHAT ARE NEW LAWS ABOUT?

The Government and the State Duma passed the Law About State Control of Gambling Establishments and Changes in Several RF Laws in the end of 2006. According to the Law, all the gambling establishments which capital employed (capital stock and working assets) are less than 600 million rubles will be closed. Moreover, 4 gambling areas will be established beyond cities. So, the new Federal Law say nothing about gambling centers locating closer than in 500 meters to schools, hospitals and so on, but upholds all the regional laws about gambling. How do gambling centers work under such pressing?

PRIZMA IS IN ZARECHNOYE, EL DORADO – ON SAKHALIN

A Gambling Center Administrator Irina is absolutely calm about the situation. She told that the establishment has permission for the activity. 20 gambling machines are placed there and people often come here to play. Only adults are allowed to play however and if there are any doubts, they ask for a passport.

El Dorado Gambling Club gathered a lot of visitors on Friday. As we learn, sometimes visitors win 50 thousand rubles. And often they lose their last money. The club works day and night.

The Chief Administrator Aleksey told: “I work with the stuff. We do not let in underages and drunk people. It is prohibited to smoke and drink beverages here. We work on the basis of the Federal Agency of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism license, signed by the Agency Head Vyacheslav Fetisov. The license says that Prizma LLC registered in Zarechny town, Penza Oblast is allowed to perform the following activity: organization and maintaining of pari-mutuels and gambling facilities. We are Prizma’s affiliate. License is efficient from June 29, 2004 to July 1, 2009”.

LEGAL GAMBLING MACHINES TO DISAPPER

After July 1 all the gambling clubs must be closed. Who gains? Not the owners of the clubs, of course. Some of them, after promise not to mention their names, say that they will have to go underground. And it is sure to happen. Where there’s demand, there’s supply. Remind the underground beverages sellers in the period of antialcohol campaign. The problems cannot be solved by prohibitions only.

If the gambling business goes underground, budgets will lose a significant sum of money, and gamblers will lose the possibility to believe in their luck. Who of them will go to Vladivostok and Khabarovsk suburb, to a Far East “Las Vegas” which will be opened there? The question is rhetorical. It seems that authorities do not want to solve the problem without impairment of rights of gambling businessmen and gamblers. Of course it is easier to close all casinos and to leave only four gambling areas for the whole Russia, saying good words about citizens’ morality and mental health. Do all the citizens dream about such a care?

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Fbr 14
"One-Handed Bandits" Tightly Pressed 
                 In three years there will not be any casinos in cities: they will move to special gambling areas. Gambling machines will disappear as well. But what about the current situation?

Fbr 6
Who Gains? 
                 How will the trade reforms influence Sakhalin citizens used to buy things on Chinese marketplaces?

Jnr 30
Igor Bystrov: We Waste Half of Our Sea Resources 
                 Why we do not use our rich resources? Why our marketplaces are so poor and the prices for sea products are so high? The main reason must be the poor governing of the fishing branch.

Jnr 24
Gorny Vozdukh: How Much Is a Ticket? 
                 A lot of words have been said about Gorny Vozdukh base new born. But then Rosneft refused to finance the project and the region authorities came down to the business.

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