Russia has opted to block its citizens from using the payment processing firms Skrill and Qiwi, citing ties to illegal online betting sites as a means for banning the services.
The ban was laid down by the Roskomnadzor agency, who said both sites had links on their sites to online betting sites. Skrill has long been used as a money processor for internet betting sites, and is used as a popular means throughout Europe. Qiwi is more obscure, but is popular among those in the former Soviet bloc.
For their part, Qiwi claims that Russia gave them a 24 hour grace period to remove the ads from their pages in order to avoid banishment.
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