Pro-Russian Separatist forces of the War in Donbass get money from illegal gambling business, reports an article in the newest issue of Russian Sobesednik magazine. According to the magazine, part of the illegal profits of the online casinos is used to finance the conflict in Ukraine.
According to analysts of the GC Alor, the shadow turnover of the online casino market in Russia is 190 billion RUR. Most of online casinos targeted at Russian market have foreign jurisdiction. Azino777 is registered in Curacao.
It is impossible to find the owner of the legal entity of VIctory777 N.V. through open data. But the company is registered at the same address (Wilhelminalaan 13, Willemstad) with the bookmaker’s office “Leon”. “Leon”, like Azino777, likes to advertise itself through the stars: athletes and musicians.
Registration details of the company VIctory777 N.V. includes Russian hosted e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (mentioned also with a lot of domains, including “Admiral-X”) and a phone with the Ukrainian code.
As experts say, many online casinos are physically based in Ukraine, where the legislation is slightly more loyal than Russian. It is allowed, for example, to develop gaming software for third-party customers. Lucky Labs company, which is linked to the online casino “Vulcan”, operates in Ukraine as software developer.
According to the Security Service of Ukraine, which conducted searches at the office of the company lately, Lacky Labs also controls the websites of CasinoX and Joycasino. The company’s office is big. It is a 4-storey building designed for 150 people. There is also a basement area where there is a kitchen and a dining room, a gym.
Lucky Labs was founded by two Russians – Sergei Tokarev and Rustam Gilfanov. Because of the sanctions imposed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, now they are not allowed to enter the country. However, Lucky Labs continues to exist. Now the company is registered by the citizen of Ukraine Oleksandr Kravchenko, who used to sell cars in Donetsk.
Tokarev and Gilfanov are also connected with Donetsk. They sponsor separatists and funded a propagandist movie lately. If some of the profits of illegal online casino go to pro-Russian patriotic purposes, it becomes clear why Roskomnadzor does not block their Internet addresses. The correspondent of “Sobesednik” managed to access the mentioned online casinos without any obstacles, using no VPN or “mirrors”.
Moreover, many banks and payment systems continue to operate with the online casinos, though the authorities promise to block such an opportunity. The main advertising platforms for the casinos are online cinemas with pirated movies. So two illegal industries support each other. Generating pirated video content sites exist by means of illegal gambling.