Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
“Officers of the MIA of Russia GA for Economic Security and Combating the Corruption (ES&CC), together with colleagues from the city of Moscow and the Udmurt Republic, suppressed the activities of an interregional criminal community, whose members are suspected of organizing illegal gambling business in the Russian Federation,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.
According to available information, the offenders organized the production of gambling equipment with specially developed software, its transportation and installation in various regions of the country, remote control of terminals and their maintenance, as well as collection of criminal proceeds.
The illegal activities were carried out outside the gambling zones using several Internet sites under the guise of a lottery.
“The criminal community consisted of autonomous structural units with a strict hierarchy and a clear distribution of the roles of the group members. The offenders used various methods of maintaining the secrecy, including the coordination of criminal activities via IP-telephony and Internet messengers, the preparation of documents covering the illegal activities under the guise of lotteries, as well as the option of remote removal of the software in case of inspections by law enforcement agencies,” said Irina Volk.
The Investigation Administration for the SAD of the Moscow GA for Investigation of the IC of Russia has instituted criminal proceedings under Articles 171.2 and 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. With regard to the organizer of the unlawful activities and six active participants, the court selected a preventive measure in the form of remand in custody, two are under house arrest.
“Police officers with the participation of the Rosgvardia conducted 53 searches in office and residential premises in Moscow and the Moscow Region and in the Udmurt Republic. Illegal operation of 28 gambling points was suppressed. Gaming and server equipment, computer equipment, video monitoring systems, draft records, financial and business documentation, seals of various organizations, money and valuables have been seized. According to preliminary data, the income from illegal activities amounted to more than 10 million rubles a month,” the MIA Spokesperson added.
Currently the police takes operational search actions aimed at establishing other members of the community and additional episodes of the detainees’ criminal activities.