Gambling in Ukraine has become highly politicized

Over the years, the issue of gambling business has become highly politicized, with some political forces lobbying for the interests of the illegal business in parliament, Tetiana Ostrikova, a member of the parliament and a member of the tax and customs policy committee in the Rada, told the Kyiv Post.

“At a time when the law enforcement system is not only inactive, but corrupt law enforcers themselves frequently cover for illegal casinos and gambling saloons, the total ban on gambling only pushes this market further into the shadows,” Ostrikova said.

Seven bills that legalize gambling were submitted to the parliament — but Ostrikova said the tax committee cannot recommend any of them because each one aims to rig the market in someone’s favor.

“Moreover, not a single bill proposed a mechanism for effective controls over online gambling,” Ostrikova added.



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