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Ukraine’s regulator blocks 594 illegal gambling sites

| By Marese O'Hagan
Ukraine's gambling regulator, the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL), has announced the blocking of 594 illegal gambling sites in its fight against illegal gambling in Ukraine.

The blocking order means that to date, KRAIL has detected over 1,000 gambling sites and 100 land-based establishments that offered gambling services without holding the relevant licenses.

These activities violate article 203-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

Today (26 July) three court rulings determined that 594 illegal gambling sites were to be blocked from use in Ukraine. In the investigation of these sites, searches were carried out and gambling machines and computer equipment were seized.

Related information has been entered into Ukraine’s Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations for evaluation.

In addition, KRAIL called on citizens to send tips regarding illegal gambling practices, such as establishments, to help the regulator with their investigations.

Earlier this month, KRAIL launched a national exclusion system where customers can choose to be banned from gambling between periods of six months and three years.

Last week, Ukraine’s legislature approved a bill to set a 10% tax rate for gambling almost one year after legislation allowed the country’s market to open.

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