This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with a link to the head of CRAI, Ivan Rudy, in an interview with Forbes.
“My position: there should be no hint of a Russian trace in Ukraine. The first thing I did when I returned from the Armed Forces of Ukraine (where Rudoy served until November 2022) was to meet with the SBU. We are now working very fruitfully with almost all organizers (of gambling),” he said.
According to him, after the scandal surrounding the licenses issued in March 2022 to the Russian bookmaker 1xBet, all other gambling organizers who received licenses were sent letters by CRAIL warning them of any ties with the aggressor state. As for the companies whose ties with the Russian Federation were reported by the media, Rudoy says that the SBU, the Bureau of Economic Security and the State Financial Monitoring Service are working on them. And the decision of the commission will not be long in coming,” Rudoy assured.
Ivan Rudoy. CRAIL took on the “daughters” of 1xBet in Ukraine:
We are talking about a number of companies that have received a license to conduct gambling in Ukraine, but are suspected of being associated with 1xBet or other Russian companies, the newspaper writes. As indicated, this is in particular the PointLoto online casino, which at the time of obtaining the license was called Melbet LLC – also called the bookmaker officially operating in the Russian Federation, owned by the Russian Melofon LLC, and earlier by the company called 1XStavka, which is a “clone » 1xBet, who have official permission to work in the Russian Federation. Suspicions were raised by Play Fun Investment LLC, which in January 2022 received a license to operate the Fan Sport online casino, which has an almost identical site design, the same odds and a common “risk player” (a company that analyzes odds) with 1xBet. “Fan Sport” does not work on the site for which it has been issued a Ukrainian license, but conducts gambling on a third-party site. The Russian trace has Ukr Game Technology LLC, which is licensed by CRAIL to operate Pin-Up online casino in 2021. Both citizens of the Russian Federation and residents of Belarus can register and play on the Ukrainian Pin-Up website.
Your betting company LLC, which brought 1xBet to the Ukrainian market, tried to regain its licenses in the Kyiv District Administrative Court. The head of CRAIL said that he hopes that TSK LLC is losing in court: “Because we understand what kind of people they are… I would be interested to see a judge who will say that we, the SBU, BEB, made a mistake (in the decision to cancel the licenses) of a company associated with the Russian Federation).
The Russian bookmaker 1xBet tried even before the court decision to return license to work in Ukraine, but the judge denied him this.
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