Ukraine Orders ISP Blocking of 32 Gambling Sites

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Ukraine's telecom regulator, the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization, announced that they've issued a decree that 32 online betting websites are to be blocked by the country's ISPs.

The order comes after a court ruling that gave the NKRZI the authority to make the demands. Because of the lack of licenses within Ukraine, the regulator called for the blockage of nearly three dozen sites, including Yukon Gold, Golden Tiger, BetChain, FastPlay, PartyPoker, and others.

Under Ukrainian law, the sites will have to be blocked by ISPs beginning Friday, meaning that punters within the country will not be able to access the sites unless they use technology such as a VPN. If you have an account at any of the casinos on the blacklist and are within Ukraine, it may be within your best interests to get your money withdrawn.

The government of Ukraine is looking to regulate online betting in the country, with the latest measure getting through its first reading last month. The bill has a ways to go before it could be signed into law, and it appears that the NKRZI is working to give unlicensed groups the boot ahead of any regulation.

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.
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29 February 2020 - 1:38pm

Seems like Ukraine is now in a transition in terms of gambling and this process have been gone trough to the biggest part of the European countries already but surely they'll have to speed up the process of regulating the market instead of just blocking the illegal least in my opinion.