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Roskomnadzor is going to block Skrill and Qiwi

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Roskomnadzor is going to block Skrill and Qiwi

Roskomnadzor is going to block Skrill and Qiwi
July 15
16:00 2016

Roskomnadzor threatens to block the sites of two popular Russian payment services systems – Skrill and Qiwi. According to the agency, these “electronic wallets” promote illegal gambling platforms. The sites of Skrill and Qiwi have already been included in the Single Registry of forbidden information. The decision on the blockage of the internet resources comes from the Federal Tax Service. At the same time the “e-wallets” portals directly relate to payment services that are provided to customers. So, the blocking of the sites means complete paralysis of the entire system.

Skrill (MoneyBookers) is a payment system that carries out electronic transactions and funds transfers between accounts of individuals and legal bodies. Skrill is one of the leading companies that serves small and medium -sized online business. Also, this system is very popular among the brokers. The blockage is a real threat for Skrill, despite the fact that it is a foreign payment system. It is gaining a steadily growing popularity among the Russian Internet users. According to the preliminary data, the Federal Tax Service has found criminal that the company published the information about Internet casinos and payment methods for their services on its website. However, according to some information, the Skrill Company has not commented the notification of Roskomnadzor yet. It is impossible to contact the representatives of the company.

The Director for Corporate Affairs of the Qiwi Company Konstantin Koltsov said: “We received a letter from Roskomnadzor, concerning the data on our Internet portal. The information related to the two companies, which took bets on sporting events on our portal. The Department ordered us to correct the information on the proposed terms or to remove it.” “We agreed to delete or correct the data on the Web page, in accordance with the requirements of Roskomnadzor. Currently, a notice with the information that the requirements have been fulfilled has already been sent to the Department. Most likely, the officials will check it through the supervisory review procedure. There’s no question of the possible blocking of the resource”,- informed Mr. Koltsov.

Recently, Roskomnadzor has been actively monitoring the spread of gambling in the Internet. Web pages that offer similar services are checked by the Department that makes it impossible to accept payments. If the requirements are not implemented after the warning, Roskomnadzor blocks the portals in the runet. The Department gave the companies two days to perform the requirements. As for the clients’ funds of the payment system, the Skrill Company has not informed yet whether it is possible to arrange the refund and how to do this in case of the blocking of the web resource.

Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications) is a federal executive body, which carries out the monitoring and control in the field of media, including electronic and mass communications, information technology and communications.

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