Russian police shuts down Goldfishka

Russian online casino Goldfishka has been shut down in an online gambling crackdown. However, Interior Ministry officials refused to reveal the name of the seized online casino. It appears that the operation targeted the Microgaming-powered online casino Goldfishka. Police officers goldfishkadetained a group of suspects, among which the owner of the gambling domain. In addition, they seized approximately €700.000 in cash.

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Russian legislation prohibits online gambling. The arrested people may face a maximum prison sentence of five years. “The gambling site made a daily profit of approximately €5.000. During its operations, the online casino used overseas banks to launder its profits. The laundered profits were invested with foreign firms,” according to Larisa Zhukova, speaking on behalf of the Interior Ministry.

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Goldfishka made its online debut in 2001, using foreign software while its management operated from Russia. Punters became a member by gambling only €1.25. Goldfishka’s online gambling repertoire featured more than 470 casino games. The games portfolio included slot machines, roulette, blackjack and poker.
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