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This Bizarre Russian ATM Wants to Lend You Money

A gambling magnate is capitalizing on Russia's economic woes with cash machines that grant micro-loans

Walking past a row of vending machines and ATMs at the Kursky train station in Moscow, Sergei Amirkhanov stops in front of a bright orange cash machine. Instead of inserting his bank card, he scans his passport, poses for a photo and enters his mobile number. He receives a text message on his phone a few minutes later, telling him to return to the machine and withdraw the cash he needs.

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