CRAIL Ukraine curator Boris Baum, associated with the Putin administration, lobbied for a license for the Russian 1xBet, – media

CRAIL Ukraine curator Boris Baum, associated with the Putin administration, lobbied for a license for the Russian 1xBet, – media

CRAIL Ukraine curator Boris Baum, associated with the Putin administration, lobbied for a license for the Russian 1xBet, - media

The betting corporation with Russian roots 1XBet received a license for betting activities in Ukraine at the height of the war. In this she was assisted by Boris Baum, who is associated with the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation and Vladimir Putin's special representative Alexander Babakov

This is stated in the investigation of InformNapalm.org, writes dsnews.ua.

CRAIL Ukraine curator Boris Baum, associated with the Putin administration, lobbied for a license for the Russian 1xBet, - media

According to public registries, the “official” 1XBet operates in Ukraine on behalf of Your Betting Company LLC. It was this LLC that received a license to conduct betting activities and organize gambling. Its owner is Sergei Petrovich Tsibin.

The fact is that 1XBet – an extremely fragmented structure of hundreds of companies around the world. Legally, this colossus has no ultimate single owner, and connections are also not fixed.

“However, the ultimate owners of this business still exist. Since the founding of 1XBet, they have been three Russians – Roman Semiokhin, Sergey Karshkov and Dmitry Kazorin. The first betting platform 1XBet was created by them in Bryansk”, — the investigation says.

There was even a criminal case on the activities of 1XBet in the Russian Federation and the founders are allegedly wanted. However, in fact, they live in Cyprus, give Forbes interviews, do business there and build a 22-storey office for 1XBet.

And the criminal case in the Russian Federation was hushed up after 1XBet became a sponsor of the Russian FC ” Dynamo, which is controlled by the Russian security forces. Now in the Russian Federation, despite the illegal position of 1XBet, their “clone” is working. — 1Xbet.

1XBet has been involved in many scandals all over the world. In particular, their activities were stopped in the UK, in Kenya. And in the USA, the American Association of Cinematographers accused 1XBet of sponsoring piracy.

However, despite such a train, the Russians were able to obtain a license in Ukraine, and during the war.

Boris helped them with this Baum – First Deputy Head of the Advisory and Expert Council of the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL), whom investigators call the gray cardinal of gambling in Ukraine.

Baum worked for many years as a top manager in the energy company VS Energy, which until 2021 was controlled by Russian businessmen Alexander Babakov (now a State Duma deputy, and formerly known as a representative of the Luzhnikovskaya group), Evgeny Giner and Mikhail Voevodin.

VS Energy in Ukraine controls shares in the energy companies Zhytomiroblenergo, Zakarpattyaoblenergo, Kirovogradoblenergo, Khersonoblenergo, Rivnooblenergo, Chernivtsioblenergo and "Khmelnitskoblenergo".

The investigation says that Baum brought Semiokhin, Karshkov together with Mikhail Spektor – another native of the "Luznikovskie". Now Spector is developing the 1XBet business in Ukraine.

He also lobbied in CRAI for obtaining a license for 1XBet. Since a large-scale war between Russia and Ukraine began while the papers were being drawn up, the Russians had to promise to buy military government bonds for UAH 500 million.

"There was another offer from 1XBet – allow accepting bets from non-resident players of Ukraine and introduce preferential taxation for such activities”, — according to the investigation.

This, according to InformNapalm, will enable 1XBet to expand its activities around the world from under the Ukrainian umbrella and will allow money laundering from operations carried out outside Ukraine.

Investigators reported that the Kyiv prosecutor's office was already investigating the activities of Your Betting Company, but called for the SBU and the National Security and Defense Council to pay attention to the situation.

Editor: Aleksey Sergienko