Russia’s Supreme Court dismisses illegal gambling review request

    Russia’s Supreme Court has dismissed a request for a review of a case of police officers charged with involvement in illegal casinos in Moscow because the filing was made by persons not directly related to the case, local media said. 

    Police general Denis Nikandrov and Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin asked for the review, but investigators are not among the list of people “with the right to appeal court verdicts as a form of supervision.” The gambling scandal broke out in spring 2011, after the Federal Security Service (FSB) exposed a network of illegal casinos in the Moscow Region. According to investigators, businessman Ivan Nazarov organized illegal gambling in 15 regional towns with the alleged involvement of police and prosecution officers.