Russia's Ministry of Finance recommends removing local bookmaker Fonbet from a list of 646 companies deemed to be crucial to the national economy.
Russia's telecom watchdog has blocked over 76k unauthorized online gambling domains in 2018, 269% more than it blocked in all of 2017.
Russian legislators won't vote on simplified online betting account registration bill until June, meaning it likely won't be in place for World Cup.
Russia's government draft legislation to simplify the complicated two-step online betting account registration process; anonymous payments ban coming.
New law that allows Russian banks to collect customers' biometric data to permit remote transactions could simplify online bookmaker customer registration.
Three more Russian bookmakers aim to launch online before end of 2016 or early in 2017, while Russian punters register with online payment hubs.
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.