Petition asks to ban Ukrainian military personnel from casinos


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Petition asks to ban Ukrainian military personnel from casinos

A petition asking to ban Ukrainian military personnel from accessing online casinos was registered on the website of the country’s President Vladimir Zelensky.

The text of the corresponding petition proposes to oblige Ukrainian Internet providers and mobile operators to block websites of illegal casinos.

In the text of the petition, its author draws attention to the harm that “the gambling business causes to the Ukrainian army and Ukrainian society” and asks Zelensky to “introduce an urgent bill to the Verkhovna Rada, providing for a ban on gambling and access to online casinos for military personnel during martial law, a ban advertising of gambling using the symbols of the Ukrainian Armed Forces”, etc.

It is also proposed to oblige Ukrainian Internet providers and mobile operators to block websites of illegal casinos.

Almost 18 thousand people have already signed the petition, registered on March 28. To be considered by Zelensky, it must get 25 thousand votes.

Verkhovna Rada deputy Alexey Goncharenko (listed as terrorists and extremists in the Russian Federation) said on Thursday that 90% of soldiers on the front line suffer from gambling addiction and this problem directly affects the morale of the army. The online publication “Insider UA”, commenting on this information, clarified with reference to data from the National Bank that this “epidemic” has spread throughout the country, not just the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and the amount of daily losses of Ukrainians in casinos in 2023 is about 400 million hryvnia ($10). .18 million).

Gambling business in Ukraine was legalized in August 2020. Experts pay special attention to the fact that dozens of casinos continue to operate around the clock in the capital and surrounding areas under martial law and amid discussions of new measures to tighten penalties for evading mobilization. According to the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Finance, Daniil Getmantsev, tax revenues to the budget from the gambling business amounted to 10.4 billion hryvnia ($272.5 million) in 2023.

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