Gambling and gaming are likely to be outlawed
throughout Ukraine except in specially-created zones, under a new
law adopted by Parliament.
Parliament overruled the earlier Presidential veto
and, if the President does not sign the law within 10 days, the
Speaker of the Parliament has indicated that he will do so. The law
will then come into force when it is officially published.
This will limit the operation of gambling
businesses and participation in gaming activities to specially
created zones, two of which may be placed in the Kyiv region and in
The gambling ban will include gaming at casinos,
game-playing machines, bookmakers and internet-based casinos. It
will not include lotteries, sports and arts competitions,
billiards, bowling and other games which do not involve prizes.
Violations will incur a fine of 8,000 statutory
minimum wages (currently approximately €500,000) and
confiscation of gambling equipment. All revenue from illegal games
will be confiscated for the state budget.
The gambling ban will take effect before a special
law is approved to permit gambling business in specially created
zones, which will be drafted within the next three months. It means
that no further gambling licences will be issued and existing
licenses will be cancelled.
It remains unclear whether and how the holders of
current licences will be compensated (if at all).
Law: The Law of Ukraine No. 4268 (15 May 2009)
On Prohibition of Gambling Business in Ukraine