Vladimir Zelensky announced the possible legalization of casinos in Ukraine
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed the information about the legalization of the gambling business in the country. He announced this at a business forum during his official visit to Istanbul.Zelensky noted that the legalization of the casino will also stimulate the development of the tourism cluster near the Black Sea: We will legalize the operation of casinos in five-star hotels, which will stimulate the development of the tourism cluster of the region near the Black Sea. Here also we want to grow together. Therefore, we want to see not competitors, but partners in Turkish business. Even during his election campaign, Zelensky proposed opening gambling establishments in just one city: Take it all and move it there, give it an opportunity. It is possible by this very thing to raise a city in which no one comes. Gambling business in Ukraine has been officially banned since 2009. Since 2011, virtual casinos have also been banned. But at the same time, lottery offices offer their services in the country, under the signs of which bets on sports events are accepted, despite the fact that the activity of bookmakers in Ukraine is also illegal. Proposals for legalization have been repeatedly submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The last such project was registered in 2016. The document spoke about the possibility of legalizing casinos in four- and five-star hotels. However, the draft law was rejected by the deputies. On average, legal gambling could bring 5 billion hryvnias or $200 million to the country’s budget, according to a report by the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine.