Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says casinos should be legal again in the Eastern European country. Casinos were outlawed in the Ukraine in 2009 after a fire in a gaming hall killed nine people. The loss of the industry put an estimated 200,000 people out of work.
“This morning I met with MPs, including those with the opposite view towards the government, in order to adopt a law in the Parliament on bringing the gambling business out of the shadows and legalizing it,” said Yatsenyuk at the meeting.
“I do not promise that everything will be spent on culture,” he said, “but a significant part will go to finance cultural projects, including the Ukrainian cinema.”
It’s unclear what the industry would do for the country, since it remains mired in a long war with Russia.