Russia Bans VPNs

VPN BanA new law has been passed in Russia to forbid the use of VPN´s – Virtual Private Network – for private citizens. The law will take effect on November 1st and is yet another blow to Internet freedom for Russian citizens. But aside from the law´s political implications it will also strike a hard blow to the country´s millions of Internet gamblers, who will no longer be able to access their favorite gaming sites, whether to play casino, poker or to bet on sports.

Online Gambling in Russia

During the era of the Soviet Union, gambling was completely outlawed by the Communist government, and the law was strictly upheld. After the fall of Communist Russia, gambling of all kinds became legal during the liberal years under Boris Jeltsin. After Putin took over, brick and mortar casinos were restricted to four different regions of the country, and Online Casinos were completely outlawed. Still, Russian gamblers have been able to circumvent the prohibition by using Virtual Private Networks, and the Online Casino market in the country is estimated to be worth 3 billion US dollars a year.

Internet Gambling and VPNs

A VPN is a service that masks your Internet presence, and allows you to be anonymous. In other words, you can sit in Russia and surf the net, while the servers will see you as a native user, i.e. surfing from a country that allows casino gambling. It can also encrypt your communications.

This technology can be used to access information that a government wishes to censor, but it can also be used to register and play at the online casino of your choice. Setting up a VPN used to be difficult and requiring the aid of IT professionals, but lately the market for easy-to-use web based VPN solutions has exploded, which is probably the reason that Russia has enacted this law.

Whether they’ll be able to enforce it remains to be seen, but the future looks bleak for online gambling in Putin´s Russia.

“Two for the Money” – Best Sports Betting Movie Ever?

Hollywood has churned out many great movies about sports, and probably even a larger number about casino gambling and poker. "Two for the Money" has both of them, and also a galaxy of acting talent in both Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey and a star se...

Evolution Gaming Games

Evolution Gaming Wins Big Live Dealer Casino Awards

Leading Live Dealer Casino Games Software Developer, Evolution Gaming, had reason for double celebration at the recently held 2018 EGR (eGaming Review) B2B Awards with the company once again picking up the Live Dealer Casino Supplier of the Year, whi...

The History of the Online Casino Bonus

In less than a generation since they were first introduced in the mid-1990’s, online casinos have changed the way we look at, undertake and understand gambling. In 2018, research has now shown that for the first time in history, the majority of Canad...

Jackpot Giant Prize Breaches CAD $16 Million Barrier

Playtech’s online progressive slots, ‘Jackpot Giant’ current jackpot prize that just this week has broken through the CAD $16 million barrier. This means that when it is finally won, the current jackpot will be at least won of the Top 4 online slots...