Russian internet watchdog blocks 888 Poker, Ladbrokes

Russia’s state internet monitoring agency has stepped up its efforts to ban online gambling, recently blocking popular sites 888 Poker and Ladbrokes among others.

The blocking began in late September, although most of the domains were blocked over the past couple days. These include 888 Poker, Betway, Bwin.party, JackpotCity, Ladbrokes, Marathon Bet, Pinnacle Sports, Titan Poker and Unibet, according to news source bookamersrating.ru.

In February, the Roskomnadzor agency announced it would accede to government requests for stronger controls over access to unauthorized internet sites.

Despite its stance on tackling online gambling, it was reported earlier this year that the president’s office requested that a study of online gambling be carried out, while officials appear to be open to online sports betting regulation and licensing.