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President Zelenskyy Responds to Petition to Lift Parimatch Ban

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The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has issued an official response regarding a petition advocating for the lifting of sanctions against Parimatch.

Parimatch was one of the 287 companies that were banned from operating in Ukraine for 50 years when Zelenskyy signed Presidential Decree No. 145/2023 into law. Following the sanctions, Parimatch had to suspend all its B2C operations in the country.

The decree, which was enacted as a result of the decision taken by Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), also led to the imposition of sanctions on 120 individuals.

At that time, Zelenkskyy stated: "These are more than 280 companies and 120 people who, through gambling business schemes, worked against Ukraine, withdrew funds from our state and financed various Russian schemes. It took some time to prepare the decision. It has been thoroughly worked out and closes schemes worth tens of billions. And it is not the last such decision."

In its defense, Parimatch asserted that the information considered by the Council about its operations in Russia was false. According to the company, "the ban was the result of a flawed and unfair investigation that falsely claimed the company was doing business in Russia."

Petition Response

Authored by Kuropiatnyk Irina Viktorovna, the betting company initiated a 'Lift sanctions against Parimatch' petition in June with the aim of revoking the 50-year ban imposed on the company.

In the same month, the petition amassed over 25,000 signatures which paved the way for it to be delivered to Zelenskyy for consideration. Under Ukrainian law, any petition in the state that gets over 25,000 signatures will be forwarded to the President for deliberation.

I thank everyone who joined this petition for their active civic position. According to part two of Article 19 of the Constitution of Ukraine, bodies of state power and bodies of local self-government, their officials are obliged to act only on the grounds, within the limits of authority and in the manner envisaged by the Constitution and laws of Ukraine.

Volodymyr ZelenskyyPresident of Ukraine

Following the explanation of specific laws, the President added that he has appealed to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, D. Shmyhal, to thoroughly examine the concerns raised in the petition. If valid reasons are found, appropriate actions should be taken in response.

He concluded by stating that the author of the electronic petition will be duly informed by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine about the outcome of the assessment.

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