X
X

Armenia: Gambling Taxing the Poor

Gambling houses and casinos became legal in Armenia after independence from the Soviet Union. (Photo: Casino Parisian)

Thirty-eight-year-old Anush Nazarian still remembers the night several years ago that a neighbor, distraught over her husband’s gambling losses, jumped to her death from her 10th-floor apartment.

“The whole neighborhood was shocked. None of us ever thought that one day gambling may come so close to us,” recollected Nazarian, who lives in a large suburb of the Armenian capital, Yerevan.

During the Soviet era, casinos or gaming parlors did not exist in Armenia: gamblers had to roll the dice on the sly. Today, gambling opportunities are everywhere in this poverty-stricken South-Caucasus state; and addiction to games of chance is wreaking financial havoc among many families.

To read the full story

Armenia: Gambling Taxing the Poor

1 / 1
X
> <