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Sarkis Darbinyan discussed the current situation about gambling website blocking

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Recent website blocking bothers a lot of news online resources focusing on the gambling business. RGW Sochi media office has discussed this issue with Sarkis Darbinyan, the head and lawyer of the Digital Rights Protection Center, who will describe the situation in detail on 27 October at the gambling industry conference.

 

Interviewer: Russian Gaming Week Sochi (RGW)

Expert: Sarkis Darbinyan (S.D.)

 

RGW: Sarkis, tell us please, what is the reason of such an active gambling website blocking activity?    

14458954_1320977561270325_1698485138_n Sarkis Darbinyan discussed the current situation about gambling website blockingS.D.: Actually, restricted access to such websites started in 2012 when prosecution authorities obtained an opportunity to go to court with lawsuits in special proceedings. The mechanism worked in such way that any district procurator could bring an action in their jurisdiction, and then the court declared the resource information illegal. After the court decision becoming effective, it was addressed to the Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications for further access restriction by communications providers.

 

However, after the Law No. 222-FZ providing regulation on prohibiting gambling and lotteries activity using the Internet became effective and after related amendments to the Federal Law No. 149-FZ on Information, the Federal Tax Service of Russia obtained an opportunity to pass judgments on blocking gambling information websites without legal proceedings.

 

RGW: What gambling information can be regarded as illegal?    

 

S.D.: Firstly, it is any information regarding participation in a game of chance, lottery, and betting pool. Thus, all online casinos, games of chance, services offering to play real money poker and bookmaker websites, except legalized ones, are blocked by the regulator.

 

Currently, there are only four legalized bookmakers that the Federal Tax Service doesn’t block. All of them are members of the Center of tracking the interactive bet transactions and you can find this list on the official website.

 

RGW: What should the Internet resource owners do if their website is blocked? 

 

S.D.: Initially, they should try to find a compromise with the regulator about website removal from a register after restricting information acknowledged as illegal. Because frequently, not only gambling web resources are blocked in view of access restriction for providers, but also a lot of gambling-related publications for posting hyperlinks to resources prohibited by tax inspectors on the website.

 

RGW: Will this situation influence the decrease of online casino amount? 

 

S.D.: Undoubtedly, it has an impact on the whole Russian gambling market. Websites are no longer accessible in general mode but we should realize that such ways of web resources blocking don’t influence the overall world image. Surely, now web services are losing some traffic, but each such blocking measure is improving people’s technical skills, and currently, millions of users know how to bypass it. Technologies do not stand still. For instance, recently, well-known Opera browser has announced its update and VPN service free integration into the browser. That’s why it is easier and easier to bypass inefficient online censorship ways.

 

RGW: You will speak at RGW Sochi 2016 gambling forum. What will the conference audience learn from your presentation?   

 

S.D.: I will tell about legal precedents related with restricting access to gambling resources: how it happens technically, how the Federal Supervision Agency for Information Technologies and Communications executes requirements of the Federal Tax Service. Undoubtedly, we will talk about gambling legal regulation in Russia and discuss legislative measures that should be implemented in order to receive online gambling licenses, at least within existing gambling zones.

 

We are waiting for you in Sochi on 27 October at the thematic conference dedicated to gambling business – RGW Sochi.

 

You can buy tickets to the event here: https://goo.gl/8D0d4w  .

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Zoran Puhač, keynote speaker at Romanian Conference on Gambling 2018

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The 8th edition of the Romanian Conference on Gambling, the important gambling event from Central and Eastern Europe, has high ranked speakers.

 

Among the high rank speakers is Zoran Puhač, Secretary – General of European Organization for Gaming Law (EOGL).

Zoran Puhač is the former director of Corporate Affairs, Mozzartbet. Former coordinator, Association of Gaming Providers (AGP). Former spokesperson of MoD. Zoran Puhač graduated Air Force Academy and post graduate studies at Faculty of political sciences, specialization with the theme about crisis communications.

Zoran Puhač will address the audience in the panel named: “Europe Up-To-Date“.

The event, of both local and international importance, will be hosted by the famous marble halls of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, on March 6, 2018.

The one interested in attending the Romanian Conference on Gambling can fill in the Participation Form here:
Registration Form conf march 2018

Gold Partner of the event is NOVOMATIC România. Silver Partner of the conference is the Maltese company Golden Race. Permanent Partners of all the events organized by Casino Life & Business Magazine are DGL PRO, jewells GRISOGONO and ROMBET association.

Media Partners of CRG8 are portal www.forrichonly.ro, BURSA news-paper and the well-known iGaming Business Magazine, part of Clarion group.

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The 8th edition of the Romanian Conference on Gambling

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On the 6th of March 2018, the Parliament Palace in Bucharest hosts the 8th edition of the Romanian Gambling Conference – CRG8, the biggest annual event of the gambling industry in Central and Eastern Europe.

The eighth edition of the CRG, a regional conference of gambling, will be held under the slogan “Ready for the Gambling of Tomorrow.

As in the previous editions, this years event aims to approach all elements of the gambling industry based on the novelties of the legislation and the enforcement rules, both in Romania and other European countries, as well as the vulnerabilities of the current system, passing through the slot rooms and AWPs, but also casino life or online gambling. Special sections will be provided for human resources, marketing, image, social responsibility and responsible gambling.

Among those who will speak, we find representative names in the gaming world both in Romania and abroad. Representatives of the Romanian authorities, as well as from other European Union countries, are on the guest list.

Those present at the event will be able to ask questions to clarify all the unclear aspects in the special questions and answers (Q&A) sections.

The organizer, as in all previous editions, is the most popular magazine of the Romanian gambling industry, Casino Life & Business Magazine, the double winner of the “Best iGaming Magazine of the Region” Award at the CEEG Awards Budapest, Hungary in 2016 and 2017.

As in the previous editions, during the conference, the organizers wish to host a mini-exhibition in the lobby, so that participants can see on the spot the novelties, as well as other projects of interest.

The event, of both local and international importance, will be hosted by the famous marble halls of the Parliament Palace in Bucharest, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon, on March 6th, 2018.

The Draft of the Program has four plenary sessions as follows:

– Partners Presentation
– CSR & Responsible Gambling
– Europe up-to-date
– Romanian Actuality

The Program has also coffee breaks and a working lunch.

Permanent partners of the events organised by Casino Life & Business Magazine are DGL PRO, GRISOGONO jewelry and ROMBET.
Gold Partner of the conference is NOVOMATIC Romania.

Media partner of the event are the portal www.forrichonly.ro, BURSA news-paper and the very well-known iGaming Business Magazine, part of Clarion group.

Those interested can download the Registration Form from here: Registration Form conf march 2018

For details, registration and other information send your inquiries to redactie@casino-magazine.ro

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