Russia's Ministry of Finance reportedly working on legislation that would abolish Russian bookmakers' self-regulatory organizations.
Russia's telecom watchdog has blocked over 76k unauthorized online gambling domains in 2018, 269% more than it blocked in all of 2017.
Russian-licensed bookmakers expect 50% surge in activity during 2018 FIFA World Cup but also want government to do even more to improve their chances.
Russia's chamber of commerce forms new bookmaker subcommittee to address betting-related issues; Communications Minister says domain-blocking doesn't work.
Launch of 888.ru -- no relation to 888 Holdings -- gives Russia two licensed online betting operators, while online lotteries face curbs.
Russia's bookmakers struggle to adapt to government's new online sports betting licensing, payments and advertising regimes.
Russian online sports betting traffic falls nearly one-quarter in 2015; betting operator schism delays launch of TSUPIS online payment hub.
Russia plans to channel authorized online sports betting payment processing through central channel, with all other payments to be blocked.