bans online gambling
Russia is one step closer to complete ban on
online gambling. A bill which outlaws online gambling, and
further allows offline gambling in only for zones of the
country, was passed this week in the States lower house (the
Duma), and it will become a law if passed in its current text by
the Federation Council and signed by the president Putin.
According to the law - after the
beginning of 2009, every gambling business outside the four
zones will be banned. The zones are the Altai Territory ,
Primorye , the Kaliningrad Region , and on the border of the
Rostov Region and the Krasnodar Territory. These are territories
which attract most of the international tourism.
New requirements for gambling
operators were also set - for example, the business must be
Russian, and have to have assets no less than $22.4 million by
June, 2007. Any business that meets the requirements will be
allowed to operate outside the four zones until January 2009.