Putin urges Sochi gambling zone

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government and the governor of the Krasnodar Territory, Alexander Tkachev, to explore the possibility of creating a gaming zone in Sochi, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
    The order followed an appeal from the City Council of Sochi which hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, the Sochi Public Council and head of the city, which put forward detailed proposals.
    “Putin instructed the government as well as the governor of the Krasnodar Territory to work out this issue,” he said.
    In late May, at a meeting with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, the Public Council and Sochi authorities expressed a desire to create a gaming zone in the Imereti Valley, where hotels and apartment complexes were built for the Olympics.
    At the time, Kozak told reporters that the proposal had come as a surprise.
    Putin recently moved to create a gaming zone in the newly annexed zone of Crimea. Gambling is banned in the country apart from in specially designated areas.