Russian Bill Proposes Fines For Online Gambling UsersPublished May 15, 2016 by Vlad G
A new bill has been proposed in one of Russia's central regions that would allow for fines that go as high as $300 for online gambling users.
In an effort to stop illegal online gambling, Tatarstan, a region in the Russian Federation has proposed a bill that would bring significant fines for users of online gambling websites. The fines would be extended to parents or guardians that allowed their children to use gambling websites as well.
Gamblers, Guardians and Parents and Even Landlords Could Be Fined
Proposed fines range between 10,000 and 20,000 rubles ($150 - $300) for users of online casinos while fines between 5,000 and 10,000 rubles ($75 - $150) would be given to parents or guardians of minors that were allowed to use online gambling websites. The bill also proposes a heftier fine in the sum of 150,000 rubles (approximately $2,300) for landlords that allow gambling on their properties.
The reasoning behind the new bill was elaborated on by Rafil Nugumanov, one of its main supporters. Mr. Nugumanov argued that the tragedy of online gambling addicts who continued to increase their dire circumstances even though they knew they were using an illegal service in their country impressed him. He also added that without measures that hold online gambling users accountable for breaking the law, the illegal gambling phenomenon in Russia will be impossible to stop.
Some Political Factors Find The New Law Redundant
Some political figures and activists in the field disagree with the bill and call it redundant as the current legislation in Russia completely forbids gambling even via the internet with very few exceptions.
Efforts by local authorities to block gambling websites have registered some success with citizens and internet authorities focusing on closing down websites as well as any mirrors that might emerge.
Russian Legislation allows state run internet monitoring services to shut down all gambling websites without first obtaining a court order. While site owners don’t have many tools at their disposal, they can attack the motion in court if they find it does not respect the current legislation.
As if fines weren’t enough, Russia also introduced new laws in 2013 that restrict some of the basic rights and freedoms of people that have been categorized and gambling addicts, thus require a guardian that would manage their income and assets.