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Tessa Jowell *more* liberal than every state deputy in Russia

Incredible but true. The Russian Duma has just passed - unanimously, mind - a bill that will end up criminalizing gambling across the entire nation bar four zones (it is unclear whether these will be provinces, cities, houses or rooms). (source).

It does not look as though as though the sons and daughters of the Rodina need to sign up to Gamblers Anonymous en masse - figures suggest that all of 3% of Russians gamble even as often as once a month. Dusting off the Mystic Croydonian hat, I forsee a boom in table gambling in the Baltic republics, and maybe those US online gambling ventures are not quite so doomed after all. Can't say that table gambling, online poker etc are really my thing, but each to their own.
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