The nation of Ukraine has taken action to block access to a number of online gambling sites in its latest crackdown on illegality in the section.
The crackdown was launched by the country’s telecommunications watchdog. The National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NKRZI) urged internet service providers to block access to 32 gambling websites currently used by Ukraine citizens. The call for these sites to be blocked was also echoed by the Chief Investigative Directorate of the Security Service of Ukraine. ,
The demand for action comes at a time when the country is preparing to launch its newly-regulated betting sector. But the list of 32 betting companies is made up of operators that are already providing gambling services to Ukraine residents, effectively providing an illegal service.
Ukraine recently passed its gambling bill, Bill 2285-D, which was one of six submitted to Parliament back in October, with 260 of the Parliament’s 450 deputies voting for the measures. Those supporting the bill hope that it will help to establish a gambling market in the country that is transparent and fair, as well as bringing in new technology and investment. Supporters hope that the newly-regulated sector will help to create thousands of new jobs, make a significant contribution to budgets at both national and local level, and potentially lead to a boost for tourism. Tackling corruption in sports was another priority for those who had supported the bill.
The new gambling laws laid out in the Bill set the fee for online gambling operators to obtain a licence at €249.5k fee. But there will be a larger fee of €1.5 million for casinos attached to hotels with 200 to 250 rooms, while hotel casino resorts with more than 250 rooms face a licence fee of €2.3 million.