The Russian Government Seeks to Further Restrict Online Gambling Industry

Written By Janice Doughtrey

Russia. – The iGaming industry, is an international gambling platform, dominated by billionaires like Calvin Ayre. Ayre had developed the software coding that became the foundation for a predominately sports-based online betting industry. The algorithms which are used in calculating statistical probability spreads in sports-betting, are rigged in a manner, that makes reoccurring victories statistically implausible. Ayre has recently confirmed that the iGaming industry is now facing stricter regulations in Russia. Perhaps Ayre, should be investing in the development of Russian land-based casinos as an alternative business model for capital growth in the nation; if the long-term profiteering from the elimination of competition in online gambling is uncertain.

The Roskomnadzor is a Federal Russian agency supervising the Virtual Private Network (VPN) services. An agency, that is directing a nationwide campaign to obliterate the illegal iGaming industry. The VPN services are generally relied upon for the certificates of authenticity, required for most online commerce. The Roskomnadzor is urging the VPN’s to set stricter protocols; that limit access to international websites, such as iGaming.
The drive appears to be focused on creating monopolies for the conglomerations of brick and mortar Russian casinos.

As proof of the Russian land-based casino industry strengthening; the covetous neighbor of the wealthy Japanese, Primorye, has received the green light for casino development. As a benefit of this monopolization; the Roskomnadzor, appears to be negotiating its compensation for the stricter enforcement of restrictions, through proposed taxations. In part, by increasing the tax rates on gaming tables and slot machines, five fold. Which would logically be a means for funding the newly announced expansion of the Roskomnadzor’s powers.

Russia’s online businesses are fearing that the current trend, of targeting certain sectors, may lead to expanded and oppressive restrictions upon all internet communication companies; that VPN services may in fact be banned altogether. The globalization of business is on one hand eliminated in a positive manner, if the restrictions are not enforced against Russian businesses. While on the other hand, the progressive controls, may lead to crippling taxations, and restrictions that only allow mega-monopolies to survive a new era of strict scrutiny over internet communications; if taken to their logical extreme.

The social-engineering that is taking place through these economic incentives, appears in its substance to be finely tuned, well enough, to simply protect Russians from predatory and highly unregulated online gambling scams. While there may be some valid international gambling operations; the amount of man power required for oversight is simply impractical. And, therefore, in the long run, a blanket policy make become pragmatic in banning these dead-weights on the Russian economy. The Roskomnadzor has already created a hit-list of specific online companies they are targeting; after setting into motion a means to enforce its agenda, with cooperation of the VPN services.

Historically, laws start out with a limited scope, that is then limitless, upon that very precedent. Like the Sneak-and-Peek warrants of the Federal Code; originally created for terrorism, and now used almost entirely for drug seizure cases.