Gambling in Moscow is now restricted to four permitted zones (so Vladimir Vladimirovich can keep track of things). Sadly, the Novy Arbat casinos either had to close down or were morphed into lush entertainment centers.
Novy Arbat: an amalgam of old and new. The name Novy Arbat first appeared on paper in 1935 as part of a massive Moscow reconstruction plan. This avenue was designed to merge into Kutuzovsky Prospekt and connect the busy members of the Kremlin to the Rublevskoye Motorway which leads directly to the area of government dachas (country houses).
New Arbat Avenue (Novy Arbat, Russian: Но́вый Арба́т) is a major street in Moscow running west from Arbat Square on the Boulevard Ring to Novoarbatsky Bridge on the opposite bank of the Moskva River. The “modern” six-lane avenue (originally named Kalinin Prospekt from 1968-1994), along with two rows of high-rise buildings, was constructed between 1962 and 1968, and was literally cut through the old, narrow streets of the Arbat District.