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Militarized “Las Vegas”: De-facto authorities in Russia-occupied Crimea mull gambling zone near Yalta

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a government decree on the establishment of the “Golden Coast” gambling zone near the city of Yalta in Russian-occupied Crimea. The document is published on Russia’s legal information portal, as reported by Russian news agency TASS.

The area of the gambling zone, which will be located in the urban-type settlement of Katsiveli near Yalta, is expected to be almost 147,000 square meters, the publication wrote. Read also Ukraine’s government endorses bill to legalize gambling As was reported in September, the so-called “Crimean authorities” had sent a package of documents to Russia’s Finance Ministry to create the said gambling zone on the territory of the former health resort “Fortuna.”

Earlier, the de-facto “head” of Russia-occupied Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said the gambling zone would be focused primarily on visitors and wealthy patrons. According to experts, the occupied region’s budget may receive RUB 25 billion annually if the project is implemented.

Source: UNIAN

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