Nyet nyet Soviet? Vladimir Putin’s 2009 decision to stick a pin in Russia’s gambling balloon continues to wreak havoc with that country’s gaming operators. Poker Style, the originator of the Russian Poker Tour, was already reported to be in significant financial difficulty as a result of the government’s clampdown, and now, just ahead of the Kiev stop on the RPT, comes word that the tour has lost its major sponsor. Is it Iron Curtains for Russian poker? Read more.