Online Sports Betting in Russia
Sports betting is highly popular in Russia. This is probably due to the fact that it is one of the only two forms of gambling allowed. As sports betting companies are eligible to apply for a license at a federal level, there are several land-based sports betting services available across the country. It is also possible to run online sportsbook sites in Russia.
|Is online sports betting legal in Russia?||Yes.|
|Are sports betting sites in Russia trustworthy?||Yes.|
|Can I deposit via Qiwi/PayPal/Skrill?||Yes.|
|Do online sports betting sites accept RUB?||Yes.|
Online Sports Betting Laws in Russia
As of 2019, it is possible for online sportsbooks to apply for a license, which is granted by the Federal Tax Service, according to the Federal Law of 29 December 29, 2006 of N 244-FZ. However, the government has increasingly promoted state-run companies, which is why international operations are still illegal, according to the amendments to the law. The Roskomnadzor is actively blocking those unlicensed platforms.
As a result, and according to online sportsbook news sites, in June 2019, State Duma - the lower legislative chamber - has approved a new bill that aims to simplify the registration of the customers in online sportsbook sites in Russia. It is now waiting for further consent by the Federation Council - the upper house - and Vladimir Putin’s signature so that it can start taking effect. This bill aims to decrease illegal gambling by attracting more players to licensed websites.
Yet, bettors are still able to circumvent the law, mainly with the use of VPN, which allows them to access some of the biggest websites on the market that also accept Russian players. On those, they can claim better online sportsbook bonuses and better online sportsbook promotions.
Online Sports Betting Payment Methods in Russia
There are several ways through which bettors can deposit and withdraw their winning in online sportsbooks in Russia. Naturally, all these methods have a proven record of transparency so that platforms are run safely. This way, the credit and debit cards of VISA and MasterCard are usually accepted. But there are other alternatives that are as efficient such as Skrill, Neteller, PayPal or Qiwi.
Online Sports Betting Sites Accepting RUB
Even though Russian sportsbook laws are strict, there are a few licensed websites operating in the country. Moreover, there are still unlicensed operators that are able to operate in the country and that offer online sports betting sites accepting RUB.