The launch of the legal gambling sector in Ukraine is drawing closer and as part of their preparations, the government of Ukraine has made an eye catching appointment to the body that will eventually oversee the new sector, when it is launched next year .
The government have appointed Ivan Rudyi the first Director-General of the Ukrainian Gambling and Lottery Commission (UGLC). The appointment as the first DG of the regulator was made official last week, following the publication of a telegram from Oleg Nemchinov, who heads up the country’s Council of Ministers.
One of the most high profile figures in Ukrainian public life, Rudyi is a former general in Ukraine’s ATO anti-terrorist unit, which has been in action fighting in the Donbass Conflict against Russian backed separatists. Before his role with the Ukraine armed forces, Rudyi had a senior role in broadcasting, serving as an executive producer for Ukraine TV.
A key part of Ukraine’s planned launch of the regulated gambling marketplace next year, the UGLC will function as an independent government agency with responsibility for monitoring all licensed gambling activities and the conduct of operators providing gambling services in the country.
That market launch cleared another hurdle in recent days when the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada passed a number of ‘secondary laws’ added to the Ukraine Gambling Law, which included details of the basis on which the gambling supervisory agency will operate.
In his role at the UGLC, Rudyi will be supported by Olena Vodolazhko, who will serve as Chief Legal Officer of the agency, as well as the former Ukraine NATO representative Yevhen Hetman who will have the role as the Lead Co-ordinator at the UGLC.
In his announcement, Nemchinov confirmed that the UGLC has begun a recruitment process to fill the 230 positions in its organisation, which will include six regional directors reporting to the UGLC headquarters in Kyiv. In turn, the progress of the UGLC will be overseen by a separate independent advisory monitor, which will scrutinise how it has carried out its duties in terms of licensing, maintaining market standards and compliance. Rudyi will be in position for a four-year term initially, and will be allowed to serve a maximum of two terms as UGLC head.