Russia seizes 1 million slot machines over five years

    About a million slot machines have been seized at underground casinos in Russia over the past five years, the Prosecutor General’s Office said, according to local media.Since gambling was banned in 2009, the Prosecutor General’s Office says more than 100,000 facilities have been inspected, with 70,000 illegal gambling facilities and 812 illegal casinos being closed. More than 970,000 items of gambling equipment have been confiscated and fines of more than 684 million rubles ($18.5 million) have been imposed.Gambling, including casino gambling is banned except in four designated areas, only one of which – on the border of the Krasnodar Territory and the Rostov Region in southern Russia – is in operation. The other three areas are under construction in the Kaliningrad Region (on the Baltic Sea), the Altai Territory in south Siberia and the Primorye Territory on the Pacific Coast.President Vladimir Putin has also approved gambling zones in Crimea and Sochi.