On Tuesday, New York Times, NBC and other major newspapers reported that FBI agents had made arrest and implemented search warrants in New York City, the metro area and other places in the United States in connection with an illegal gambling ring operated by Russian organised crime.
According to NBC, the organisations' members used an advanced money laundering scheme to move millions of dollars of gambling proceeds from the former Soviet Union through shell companies in Cyprus into different investments and shell companies in the U.S.
In total, 34 people have been indicted (full list below) in the case so far. The three leaders of the illegal gambling ring are based in New York City, Kiev and Moscow. Most of the members and associates were born in the former Soviet Union. Among the arrested people were Molly Bloom, who made headlines in 2011 for arranging illegal poker games for celebrities and high-rollers (Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck etc) and poker pros Bill "The Stunning One" Edler (1 WPT title and 1 WSOP title) and Peter Feldman (over $1.1 million in live tournament winnings).
source: NBC, PokerNews and New York Times