Radiation poisoning or ? Maybe the real Chernobyl fallout ioncreaed hopeless gambling.
Exiled to Russia’s Far Reaches: Casinos and Jobs -NYTimes
MOSCOW — One of the largest mass layoffs in recent Russian history is to occur on Wednesday, and the Kremlin itself is decreeing it, economic crisis or not.
The government is shutting down every last legal casino and slot-machine parlor across the land, under an antivice plan promoted by Vladimir V. Putin that as recently as a few months ago was widely perceived as far-fetched. But the result will be hundreds of thousands of people thrown out of work.