The appointment of Ivan Rudyi as the first Director General of the Ukrainian Gambling and Lottery Commission (UGLC) has been officially announced by the Government of Ukraine.
The appointment of Rudyi as the founding director-general of the UGLC was confirmed last Friday following the publication of a telegram released by the chairman of the Council of Ministers of Ukraine, Oleg Nemchinov.
Rudyi, a high-profile figure, is a former general of the Ukrainian ATO anti-terrorist unit fighting against Russian backed separatists in the Donbass conflict. Until rejoining the armed forces of Ukraine, Rudyi worked as the executive producer of Ukraine TV.
The UGLC will act as an autonomous government body overseeing all licenced gambling operations and operator conduct, a critical component of Ukraine’s expected launch of its controlled gambling marketplace in 2021.The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) accepted a series of ‘secondary laws’ added to the approved mandate of the ‘Ukraine Gambling Law’ at the end of its September proceedings, forming the foundations of Ukraine’s first ever gambling supervisory agency.
Rudyi will be assisted by Olena Vodolazhko as the agency’s chief legal officer, and former Ukraine NATO representative Yevhen Hetman as the ‘lead organizer’ of the UGLC, assuming the leadership of the UGLC.
Nemchinov announced in his statement that the UGLC had begun to hire 230 positions to fill its department, in which the regency was seeking six regional directors to report to the headquarters of the UGLC in Kyiv.
The progress and growth of the UGLC will be tracked by an independent advisory committee to track how it has met its obligations with respect to licencing, enforcement and business standards.
Rudyi will serve a four-year term as first Director-General, decided by the Cabinet of Ministers, with his tenure limited at a maximum of two years, heading the UGLC as the regulatory agency of Ukraine Gambling.