Dnipropetrovsk (Dnipro) Mayor Boris Filatov proposes that the government grant permission for licensing the gambling business to territorial communities, in particular, to Dnipro.
“It is not our fault that semi-illegal gambling machines flooded all our cities. For several years now, the government has been pretending that this problem does not exist. If gambling was completely illegal, this is one story, however it is half-legal. And for some people in Kyiv it is beneficial that this situation has status quo, ”said the head of the Dnipro.
“I went to Kiev and asked to give us the licensing authority. There are a hundred licenses hat could be issued for slot machines, let’s sell them. However, they do not agree. We could make slot machines legal in Diyevka and Sukhachevka (legal regions), so we will have a local Las Vegas there.”
It is worth mentioning that gambling in Ukraine was banned after a May 2009 fire in a gambling hall in Dnipropetrovsk that killed nine people. Thus, now this city can be the place to bring legal gambling back.