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PokerStars returns to Sochi with weeklong poker festival
From 16-22 October, the live festival will be held in the Sochi Casino & Resort, where the PokerStars Championship Sochi was held.

Slotegrator announces two free tickets to Betting Trends Forum
The company is holding a prize draw and will give away two tickets to the Moscow-based conference.

PokerStars sponsors biggest ever tournament in Russia
Popular destination Sochi will host the PokerStars Championship event in May 2017, attracting big-name poker players.

Digital Sports Tech enters Russian market
The company will supply its next generation sports betting solutions to the country's largest sportsbook operator, Fonbet.

APCW Perspectives: New Year's online gambling stories
Christmas is over, the New Year has been ushered in and we're back with some gambling stories from Australia and Russia. Also, some important industry news from the U.S. states of California and Pennsylvania.

Oshi introduces new language options
In addition to English, the online casino is now offering versions of the site in both Russian and Swedish.

Metric Gaming enters agreement with Sportbet
Moscow-based Sportbet will enhance its sportsbook offering with the company's SuperLive platform.

Full Tilt's 'The Deal' jackpot won
Player 'Ronal7do' from Russia won the $384,040 jackpot on 7 September, the largest payout so far from the promotion.

Rumors Russia may legalize online poker
Russia could be on the verge of legalizing online poker reports say.

Russia: Putin curbs illegal gambling
Russia is clamping down on illegal gambling with new legislation that covers both land and online gambling.

Russia online poker ban may be lifted
The Russian government is analysing the prospects of legalizing online poker.

Russia: Medvedev wants to tighten criminal responsibility for gambling
Russian President calls for legislation to be amended to tighten criminal responsibility in illegal gambling.

Russia to target online gambling
Russia aims to ban online gambling, with plan to introduce fines for people caught gambling online.

Casino Plex launches Russian site
This recent development follows the launch of eleven brand new casino games at Casino Plex.

Moscow going all-in with poker
International news brief: Many of Moscow's gambling businesses will reorganize as poker clubs after a July 1 ban on casinos goes into effect.

Titan Poker sends players to Russian event
Titan Poker will send its players to Russia for the first time ever - to compete in the White Night Millions in the heart of Saint Petersburg.

Hundreds of Russian slot halls closed
International News Brief: More than 300 slot machine halls have stopped operating in St. Petersburg, Russia, since Jan. 1, according to local officials.

AllStarAffiliates.com no longer accepting U.S. players
In response to the UIGEA, AllStarAffiliates.com is no longer accepting U.S. players.

Russian Federation

An anti-gambling law was passed in Russia in 2006 that restricts gambling over the internet. It prohibits domestic operators from offering online gaming, but does nothing to outlaw payments for gaming services made to foreign operators. Residents of Russia wishing to gamble online must play at offshore-owned and offshore-operated websites.

Historically, Russia has never offered major online gambling opportunities. Limited mobile gaming with online support was offered through a few companies in 2004, but these options were closed in the 2006 legislation.

In late 2010, a bill was introduced proposing to fine gamblers (the individual persons) between 500 and 2,000 rubles for gambling activities outside the official gambling zones using mobile networks and the internet. The bill stipulates that online casinos and poker rooms will remain illegal in Russia. The prior law targeted the organizers of gambling, not the participants.

In late 2012, the Russian Supreme Court ruled that no trace of online gambling should be accessible. Internet service providers face the loss of their license for providing any form of information relating to online betting. This ruling overturns a previous ruling by a court in Pskov ruling that internet service provider Rostelecom did not have to block access to online gambling sites. The Supreme Court's decision is based on the idea that providing access to restricted information is equal to disseminating it and, therefore, even sites only containing information regarding online gambling (with no actual gambling provided) must be blocked.

In March 2014, Russia released a blacklist of more than 50 online gaming sites, banning them from the country. In July 2014, the Russian Finance Ministry was reported to be considering regulating online poker in the country, but the push for regulation fizzled. The government then passed Bill 478806-6, which effectively criminalizes online poker.

In January 2015, the Russian government announced that all online gambling operators taking payments from Russian players must sign up with a special self-regulatory organization (SRO), and that those payments must funnel through the SRO. The goal is for Russian authorities to be able to monitor all transactions to online gambling sites, allowing the government to see which operators are offering services under a license and to identify and shut down those operating without a license.

In January 2016, Russia appeared to be softening its stance online poker, as the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation considered declaring poker a game of skill and allowing it to be licensed and regulated. In February 2016, the Ministry of Finance suggested it was considering a 10% tax on online sports betting revenue.

In February 2017, the Russian Ministry of Finance proposed legislation to create a blacklist of online payment processors that process gambling related transactions.

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Russian Federation Jurisdiction News

PokerStars returns to Sochi with weeklong poker festival
From 16-22 October, the live festival will be held in the Sochi Casino & Resort, where the PokerStars Championship Sochi was held.

Slotegrator announces two free tickets to Betting Trends Forum
The company is holding a prize draw and will give away two tickets to the Moscow-based conference.

PokerStars sponsors biggest ever tournament in Russia
Popular destination Sochi will host the PokerStars Championship event in May 2017, attracting big-name poker players.

Digital Sports Tech enters Russian market
The company will supply its next generation sports betting solutions to the country's largest sportsbook operator, Fonbet.

APCW Perspectives: New Year's online gambling stories
Christmas is over, the New Year has been ushered in and we're back with some gambling stories from Australia and Russia. Also, some important industry news from the U.S. states of California and Pennsylvania.

Oshi introduces new language options
In addition to English, the online casino is now offering versions of the site in both Russian and Swedish.

Metric Gaming enters agreement with Sportbet
Moscow-based Sportbet will enhance its sportsbook offering with the company's SuperLive platform.

Full Tilt's 'The Deal' jackpot won
Player 'Ronal7do' from Russia won the $384,040 jackpot on 7 September, the largest payout so far from the promotion.

Rumors Russia may legalize online poker
Russia could be on the verge of legalizing online poker reports say.

Russia: Putin curbs illegal gambling
Russia is clamping down on illegal gambling with new legislation that covers both land and online gambling.

Russia online poker ban may be lifted
The Russian government is analysing the prospects of legalizing online poker.

Russia: Medvedev wants to tighten criminal responsibility for gambling
Russian President calls for legislation to be amended to tighten criminal responsibility in illegal gambling.

Russia to target online gambling
Russia aims to ban online gambling, with plan to introduce fines for people caught gambling online.

Casino Plex launches Russian site
This recent development follows the launch of eleven brand new casino games at Casino Plex.

Moscow going all-in with poker
International news brief: Many of Moscow's gambling businesses will reorganize as poker clubs after a July 1 ban on casinos goes into effect.

Titan Poker sends players to Russian event
Titan Poker will send its players to Russia for the first time ever - to compete in the White Night Millions in the heart of Saint Petersburg.

Hundreds of Russian slot halls closed
International News Brief: More than 300 slot machine halls have stopped operating in St. Petersburg, Russia, since Jan. 1, according to local officials.

AllStarAffiliates.com no longer accepting U.S. players
In response to the UIGEA, AllStarAffiliates.com is no longer accepting U.S. players.

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