Russia mulls easing restrictions on sports betting advertising
MOSCOW, July 22 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Communications Ministry proposed a bill that would allow 24-hour advertising for betting and bookmaking offices.
The bill would amend Article 27 of the Law on Advertising to allow the 24-hour advertising of bookmaking offices and betting. However, there would be certain restrictions regarding the content of the advertisements.
The ads would not be allowed to appeal to minors or create the impression that betting could become a source of income. They would not contain statements that exaggerate the probability of winning or diminish the degree of risk.
The gambling ads would be permitted on radio and television, at physical fitness and sports facilities, online, in the buildings where this activity takes place, as well as in the print media. However, ads for betting would be prohibited at railway terminals, airports, metro stations and other similar facilities.
Under the current wording of Article 27 of the Law on Advertising, betting ads are only allowed on radio and television, at the sites of such activities and in specialized publications, and only from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.