Use of the Economic Approach in the Investigation of Criminal Gambling Services Market

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Postgraduate Student of the Department of Criminal Law at the Academy of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation

Abstract: 

The high degree of development of the informal sector in the economy gives special importance on combating criminal markets, including the detection and suppression of illegal activities of criminal groups operating in the sector of gambling - an inexhaustible source of unregulated profits of their owners. Gambling creates conditions for committing crimes as the organizers and participants of gambling, allowing gambling include the so-called "background" phenomena of crime. The main reason for the "survivability" of gambling - the existence of strong demand for gambling on the part of players, according to the known laws of economics creates supply - organizing illegal gambling, which means that illegal gambling should be regarded as criminal market. This approach to the consideration of gambling has not only theoretical but also applied criminological importance in explaining the determination of the offenses (to the fore economic factors) and improvement of prevention activities (it should be aimed at reducing the "demand" for gambling, and the elimination of " offers "illegal gambling services).

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gambling, gambling, criminal markets, criminal market services, the shadow economy, an organized criminal group, practice.

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