Russia online decree creates more questions than answers

Russia’s latest decree on the online gambling market failed to provide the clear regulatory framework to legalize online sports betting that many in the industry had hoped for and left more questions than answers. Decree No. 452, which “spells out additional requirements for organizers of online gambling,” was published on May 8th and introduces the concept of an online bet. However, it left some perplexed as to whether those currently operating in the grey market will now be able to operate legally. Participants at the recent Russian Gaming Week concurred that the decree probably doesn’t go far enough and doesn’t yet make it legal to accept online bets. Nikolay Oganezov, vice president of the Russian Bookmakers Association, told influential Russian daily Kommersant: “On the one hand, it seems that one can accept interactive bets via the Internet, but on the other hand, one can end up in prison on the occasion.” As had...

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