Ukrainian city mayor claims gambling ban in Ukraine failed

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In a surprising development, Boris Filatov, the mayor of Dnipro city, has claimed that the gambling ban in Ukraine has failed. He made this statement at a forum titled “From Kruty to Brussels. We are going our way” which was conducted in Kyiv.

The mayor supported legalising gambling industry in the country as well. He pointed out that the fight against the illegal slot machines and lotto halls is ineffective.

“The ban on gambling in Ukraine failed and turned into a corrupt feeder for law enforcement and members of the parliament. Dnipro and all the cities of Ukraine are filled with lotto and gambling halls,” the mayor said.

He urged the local authorities to regulate the gaming business. “It is necessary to give the local communities the opportunity to regulate gambling business. And only we, together with our fellow countrymen, will determine the balance,” he added.