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In Sevastopol, 16 people were convicted of illegally organizing and conducting gambling

CrimeaPRESS reports:

In Sevastopol, the court delivered a guilty verdict in a criminal case against 16 residents of the Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir, Murmansk regions, the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

Depending on the role and degree of participation, two of them were convicted under Part 1 of Art. 16 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (creation of a criminal community, management of a criminal community and management of structural units of a criminal community), and the rest — under Part 2 of Art. 16 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (participation in a criminal community). Also, all the defendants were found guilty of committing a crime under Part 3 of Art. 16.2 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal organization and conduct of gambling outside the gambling zone using the Internet, associated with the extraction of income on an especially large scale) , — reports the press service of the prosecutor’s office of Sevastopol.

Recall the circumstances of this case. A resident of Nizhny Novgorod, 1978 year of birth acted as the organizer and leader of the criminal community, which carried out illegal gambling activities outside the gambling zone using gaming equipment and the Internet. He purchased equipment, received logins and passwords to access the online casino, established the procedure and conditions for the distribution of criminal proceeds, and developed a mechanism for conspiracy of this activity.

As the head of structural divisions, he attracted his sister’s husband, a resident of Nizhny Novgorod, 1987 year of birth, who selected administrators for work in computer clubs, conducted briefings, took conspiracy measures, calculated salaries, kept records criminal proceeds and expenses and transferred the received funds to the head of the community.

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Other defendants acted as hall administrators.

In total, during the period from the second half of the year 2015 to March 2019 of the year, five halls of virtual slot machines were opened, two of which were located in Kerch, and three — in Sevastopol. Illegal income received by the criminal community amounted to more than 16 million rubles , — the prosecutor’s office specified.

The activities of the malefactors were stopped by the employees of the Federal Security Service of Russia for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Republic of Crimea. The investigation was conducted by the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The indictment in the criminal case was approved by the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Crimea.

Leninsky district of Sevastopol, taking into account the opinion of the public prosecutor, sentenced two leaders and four members of the criminal community to imprisonment for terms ranging from 6 years to years 6 months with a term to be served punishment in a strict regime penal colony. The rest of the participants were sentenced to 5 years 6 months to 6 years in prison conditionally with a probationary period of 2 to 4 years.

In addition, all convicts were given additional punishments in the form of a fine in the amount of thousand to 1 million rubles and restriction of freedom for a period of 1 year to 1 year 6 months . The verdict has not entered into force.

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