Is Minsk set to become Eastern Europe’s Las Vegas? With Russia having essentially ghettoized its gambling industry by restricting casinos to far-flung corners of the empire, neighboring Belarus smells an opportunity to cash in. “History tells us that bans can produce nothing but harm,” says President Alexander Lukashenko. Holy shit… Did a politician just demonstrate a capacity for memory beyond yesterday’s poll numbers? We knew there was a reason Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski liked White Russians so much. Read more.