MIR cardholders will not be able to make payments in favor of online casinos
According to information from a number of Russian news resources, the country's authorities have decided to extend restrictive measures to money transfers in favor of foreign electronic wallets. So, from April 27, the MIR payment system will be required to reject any transactions that were intended for foreign financial agents. All banks of the Russian Federation have already received the relevant technology bulletin.
The main goal of this government decision is to “reduce the risks of dubious money transfers”. It is reported that the restrictions will directly affect the sphere of gambling entertainment. After the adopted amendment comes into force, online casino customers will not be able to replenish their accounts, which can create a number of problems for them.
The head of the board of the National Payments Council, Alma Obaeva, believes that this measure will reduce the influence of the "grey market" of gambling services on the Russian economy, since foreign accounts, to which Russians often transfer personal funds, may belong to illegal bookmakers banned in the Russian Federation online casinos or other representatives of the shadow sector of gambling.
It is important to note that earlier the Central Bank of Russia vetoed money transfers in favor of foreign electronic wallets for two major payment systems - QIWI and YuMoney. Kiwi Bank announced new restrictive measures on December 7 last year. Also, the organization was fined 11 million rubles for not complying with the current Russian legislation and facilitating cross-border operations to withdraw funds from the Russian Federation to online stores, including accounts of foreign online casinos and bookmakers.
For similar violations in December 2020, the Central Bank took away licenses from two banks - Fintech and Onego. They were accused of an opaque financial policy and conducting transactions in favor of foreign agents.
Recall that Krasnaya Polyana casinos in 2020lost over 680 billion rubles .