In Kharkiv region, the operation of a network of gambling spots and the underground alcohol production was closed by the police.
Deputies of the Zaporizhzhya City Council agreed to appeal to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the Verkhovna Rada, the Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko and the Minister of the Interior Arsen Avakov with a request to amend the law on the prohibition of gambling business.
National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) got a temporary access to documents on the lottery winnings of the leader of the Radical Party, Oleg Lyashko, who previously declared three winnings for a total sum of UAH 571 thousand.
Kiev City Council will appeal to the Verkhovna Rada to obtain permission to create a special gambling zone. This was told by the deputy of the Kyiv city council Alexander Pabat.
News media regularly inform about closures of illegal casinos in Ukraine by police. However, sports betting is prospering. Though it is also illegal, some law tricks help bookmakers work under lottery licenses. This market can be considered semi-legalized, because with payoffs, players pay taxes, and bookmakers themselves sponsor entire sports leagues and individual teams,
In 2014, one introduced a new taxation system for the lottery market. With such a system appearing to be inefficient, the market started going underground, industry expert Georgiy Lozhenko believes.
Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) published a big report of its research of the lotteries market of Ukraine, reports Ukrainian News. The Commitee came up to the conclusion that the gambling legislation should be revised in Ukraine.
Gambling community in Ukraine advocates the legalization of casinos. And government officials believe that first, it is necessary to put an end to illegal gambling business and regulate the only legal gambling industry today - national lotteries.
In Ukraine, the Committee on Ethics and Fair Play of Ukrainian Football Federation is analyzing more than 50 football matches that seemed suspicous.
At the end of 2017, on December 27, a constituent meeting was held, which marked beginning of the work of Coordination Council for socially responsible casino legalization. Its foundation was thefirst step towards the entire gambling industry regaining its legal status.