‘Russian Las Vegas’ to open in Crimea next year RT · January 23, 2018 at 11:03 pm A casino zone will be opened in Crimea next year, according to the head of the Russian region, Sergey Aksenov. The project, which was first announced in 2014, has now been given the green light. The opening is scheduled for September next year, and the land will have been allocated by this February, Aksenov told TASS. “There is a large operator ready to invest in the project. There are subtleties, mostly linked to the Western sanctions, so there is a need to remain anonymous about who will do it,” Aksenov said. The unnamed casino operator is ready to invest 8 billion rubles (about $150 million) in the project, he added.