Kazakhstan urged to immediately tighten oversight of the online gambling industry
Kazakhstan intends to seriously tighten oversight over the sphere of gambling entertainment. So, the deputy of the Majilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan Elnur Beisenbaev raised this issue at a government meeting. In particular, the official called on his colleagues to take immediate measures to combat the involvement of the country’s young population in illegal gambling.
Beisenbayev began his speech by recalling that the state Gambling Law completely prohibits the operation of online casinos in local jurisdictions. Propaganda of this industry also falls under the veto. However, according to his words, today the prescribed norms are successfully bypassed by the companies, offering gambling services in Kazakhstan.
“Now we see a gross violation of existing legislation by illegal providers and operators of online casinos. There is aggressive advertising and promotion of services that are banned. The young generation of Kazakhstan suffers most of all, as they get into debt due to illegal gambling. Families fall apart, there is a loss of morals,” Yelnur Beisenbayev stated emotionally.
The functionary added: “The work of state agencies to block online casino sites is of low efficiency, as new sites are regularly created. What is happening is a proof that the authorities are not tough enough to deal with illegals.”
Against this background, an active parliamentary group has sent a package of proposals to the government of the state to counteract the activities of online casinos and to limit the advertising of gambling entertainment in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The main initiative is a ban on transactions, including cross-border transfers, in favor of online gambling operators via credit cards.
In addition, the idea was voiced to develop a special mechanism to identify and prosecute third parties contributing to the development of illegal gambling in the country. Such citizens were proposed to be included in a separate register of offenders.
Recall that Georgian gambling operators criticized the authorities’ initiative to tighten supervision over the gambling industry.