Task units established in Moscow to monitor illegal gambling

    Moscow activists have reportedly set up task units to monitor illegal gambling and other wrongdoings, according to the Moscow government’s official website.

    “Each unit comprises of about 15 people. They will start informing law-enforcement agencies about any wrongdoings and accompany security forces in their raids when necessary. Their main task will be to inform security agencies about domestic administrative offences in the residential sector of the districts [including the presence of] illegal slot machines and casinos,” the statement reads.

    Activists won’t be able to detain offenders, check their documents or undertake any other functions of the police.

    In early February regional security department head Aleksey Mayorov announced plans for the formation of special units to monitor gambling establishments.

    About 100 criminal cases were initiated in Moscow regarding illegal organization and conduct of gambling in 2015.