Russia Blocked 130,000 Gambling Sites in 2018

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Russia's telecommunications authority Roskomnadzor blocked 130,000 gambling websites within the country last year, up more than double as many as were blocked the year prior.

The telecommunications regulator blocked 63,000 sites in 2017, and that number surged last year. Most of the betting sites blocked were offshore sites that appear to be closely related to the few sanctioned brands in the country, but others not linked to Russia were also blocked from being accessed. Even though 2019 is just getting kicked off, it appears that the blocked sites will only continue to grow. Recently, Russia forced Google to cooperate to block access to "unsavory" sites, threatening fines and banishment if they don't comply.

Gambling in Russia is very restricted, with the activity only legal at a handful of land casinos. Online betting is similarly restricted to a few sportsbetting choices. Despite this, there are a fair number of Russians who gamble online, although many of them are restricted to shady sites that offer rigged games.

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Kingston Li // Asia Correspondent
Kingston Li
Kingston is a big fan of Baccarat and Texas Hold'em Poker and has tested his skills in tournaments around Asia and the world. He covers the latest gambling news from Asia for Casino Listings. In his spare time, Kingston enjoys hiking, video gaming, and playing disc golf.
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18 January 2019 - 1:25pm

The number is unbelievable high. There are a lot of illegal and rogue casinos out there, but the 130,000 sites are too many.

I guess that it is the number of domains.

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18 January 2019 - 5:25pm

That's probably a good assumption coolsongss. Lots of shady domains can be tied to one site, which is probably where the number comes from.