Russia’s online betting maze

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceIn as little as a couple of days after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed federal law № 222 introducing changes to the law “On state regulation of organization and management of gambling…” on July 21st, some well-known names appeared in the Unified State Register of Private Individuals.They were Bwin, Ladbrokes, Bet365 and William Hill. The following day they were joined by Betfair and on September 16th by Titanbet. Although logged in Cyrillic script, the names tally with those of the world’s major betting companies.Under information about the founders and participants of the legal entity, the entry for William Hill listed Aleksey Dymov and Hillkom. The founder of Hillkom, Evgeniy Pozdnyakov, is also listed as the founder of Bwin. Moreover, both entities have the same Moscow legal address.Pozdnyakov’s name also appears in the lists of founders of other companies. For example, that of Luckybet, which, in turn...

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