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Posted - 10/08/2009 : 03:52:20 AM Moscow gambling industry adapts to ban
MOSCOW - Moscow authorities are expressing concern about the rise of "surrogate" gambling technologies such as lottery machines and online gambling three months after an almost total ban on gambling in Russia.
Since July 1, legal gambling in Russia has been confined to four far-flung geographical areas where no casinos have opened yet, and bookmakers have had to undergo complicated re-licensing.
But Moscow Deputy Mayor Sergei Baidakov said Monday that about a third of the capital's 525 casinos and slot machine parlors are now selling instant lottery tickets. He also said the number of Internet cafes providing access to online gambling has tripled since July.