The decree imposing sanctions on the Russian bookmaker 1xBet and its Ukrainian subsidiary is already being signed by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
The publication writes about thisComments”, citing a source in the Office of the President, reports Apostrophe.
All formal procedures for imposing sanctions on 1xBet, which were demanded by Ukrainian public activists and ordinary citizens who collected 25,000 signatures for a corresponding petition on the President’s website, have been completed.
Earlier, the media reported that the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries prepared and submitted for approval by the Cabinet of Ministers and the National Security and Defense Council a decree imposing sanctions on 1xBet itself, the Ukrainian LLC Your Betting Company, which represents 1xBet in Ukraine, and three citizens of the Russian Federation – Roman Semiokhin, Sergey Karshkov and Dmitry Kazorin, who are the founders of the scandalous Russian bookmaker.
The decree proposed imposing 15 of the 24 sanctions provided for by law against them, in particular, blocking all assets of companies in Ukraine, prohibiting the withdrawal of capital from Ukraine, restricting trade operations, and so on.
1xBet is accused of involvement in organizing and conducting illegal gambling on the territory of Ukraine, facilitating financial transactions and accumulating funds that can be used by the aggressor state for military needs, collecting and using personal data of citizens for their further use for sabotage purposes.
Sanctions are expected for 5 years against the Ukrainian LLC Your Betting Company, as well as its director and founder, and for 10 years against 1xBet itself and its Russian founders.
Earlier, Deputy Minister of Economy Taras Kachka advocated for the imposition of sanctions on the Russian bookmaker, who noted that the Ministry of Economy supports the need to apply sanctions against persons whose actions pose a threat to national interests, security, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
1xBet Sanctions: Will Zelensky Take a Risk?
In the spring of 2022, the Russian bookmaker 1xBet received two licenses to operate in Ukraine, which caused a public outcry. After a series of investigations, including that 1xBet is trying to enter the Ukrainian market to collect personal data of Ukrainian citizens for Russian intelligence agencies, CRAIL canceled the granted licenses in September 2022.
The representative of 1xBet in Ukraine, Your Betting Company LLC, is trying to appeal this decision in court and regain the right to work in Ukraine.
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