Ukraine’s President Speaks In Favor Of New Gambling Bill

Ukraine's President Once Again Speaks In Favor Of New Gambling Bill

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has once again talked in support of the bill that calls for legalization of gambling in the country’s five-star hotels.

In a recent press conference, the President spoke in favor of the bill and said that it would be the “first stage” of legalized gambling in Ukraine.

“We will reduce the number of people gambling away the last of their money,” the president said. “These are mostly ordinary people.”

“We have five-star hotels on the market, but they are very small. There is no way to build a casino yet. We need to test how people will fight for these licenses. We want hotels to be built.”

Recently, in a major development, which can be seen as a strong step towards legalizing gambling in the country, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers approved the government’s new Action Program. The program includes a draft law that seeks the legalization of gambling in the country.

While the draft law has not been brought in the public domain, the cabinet in its announcement said that the law would allow gambling “exclusively on the territory of hotels, with use of gambling equipment with software that meets international standards.”

Moreover, a study conducted by the Razumkov Center sociological service found that around 47 percent of Ukrainians fully support the President’s proposal regarding the adoption of a draft law on the de-shadowing and legalization of gambling by the year-end. Only 34 percent are not in favor of gambling legalization.

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