The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), together with the country’s Commission for Licensing of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL), has shut down over 30 illegal casinos and gambling locations across the country for this month.
The locations in which they were shut down include Odessa, Kiev, Zhytomyr, Donetsk, and others. Some of these locations were run by groups which the SBU categorized as terrorist organizations.
Local security services were able to confiscate over 600 units of computer equipment, 14 poker tables, 5 roulette wheels, some playing chips, cards, cash, video recorders, and more during an inquiry.
As of writing, there is an ongoing investigation on the possibility of the involvement of some law enforcement officers in these illegal operations.
The SBU explained that it discovered portions of the funds acquired through these operations were used in financing some self-proclaimed states within the country, such as the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).
Both of these “states” are considered as terrorist organizations in Ukraine, despite the fact that most other countries (like Russia and the US) and international organizations do not use this label for those groups.