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Russian Tax Service orders banks to block payments to the online casino Azino777

Russian payment systems and banks should refuse to transfer money to the operator of online casino Azino777 which is illegal in Russia. An appropriate order was issued by Federal Tax Service of Russia.

Victory777 N.V., which operates Azino777, became the first and so far the only company included in the list of organizers of illegal gambling. The list is maintained by the Federal Tax Service of Russia. After the company is listed, Russian banks and payment systems should block all transfers to its address.

Previously, banks and payment systems blocked transfers to illegal online casinos using a four-digit MCC bank payment code, which reflects the type of business of the company receiving the payment. But this method worked ineffectively.

However, Azino777 offers nine ways for payments including 5 foreign payment systems where requirements of Federal Tax Service are not applicable.

Online casinos in Russia have been banned since 2006. But Roskomnadzor still has not managed to completely block Azino777 domains and all its “mirrors”. The casino has become one of the largest advertisers in Russia. According to RBC magazine, annual Azino777 betting revenue is from 6 to 15 billion rubles.

Source: vedomosti.ru

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