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Cyber police crack down on online casino network

It was organized by Russian emigrants.

Cyber police crack down on online casino network
Photo: cyberpolice.gov.ua

The Ukrainian cyber police have declared two Russian nationals suspects in the case of an illegal online gambling business.

According to the police, a group of Russians organized an online gambling business in their home country in 2010-2012. Later, because of persecution in Russia, they moved to Ukraine and continued their business here.

The police found eight online casinos they had set up: eldoradoclub.com, vulkanclub.com, 24vulkan.com, slotvulkanclub.com, estcasino.com, greencasino.com, anonymcasino.com, pharaonclub.com. The websites targeted clients in the CIS, transactions were made using Russian banks and payment systems.

During 15 raids of offices serving the casinos, the police identified around 80 people involved. These were developers, web designers, administrators, support, call centre operators and accountants.

Over 100 computers, mobile phones, data carriers, bank cars, a US bank chequebook, Russian passports of members of the crime ring, documents, weapons, cartridges, drugs and foreign cash were confiscated.

All participants in the crime ring, from 28 to 34 years of age, were identified.

Casino and gambling businesses have been banned in Ukraine since the spring of 2009.

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