Since I was elected the Kiev Mayor, I began the systemwide work on harmonisation of gambling business within Kiev.
My task consisted in systematic work to regulate gambling business.
Special License Terms were developed and approved in the capital for the first time in Ukraine; they put rather rigid requirements for gambling establishments. The next step was the adoption of the Decision “On prohibition of unauthorized placement of slot machines, other gaming equipment and gambling establishments in Kiev” by the Kiev City Council on August 22, 2007.
With the start of the new school year in 2007, I issued a Decree according to which all slot machines that were illegally installed near the city schools, kindergartens, clinics, pharmacies, or residential buildings, had to be removed.
According to this decision, a Municipal Commission was established to control the gambling business in order to prevent activities in the gambling business without the proper documents. And according to the results of its work from 2006 to June 2009, more than 8 thousand inspections of gambling establishments were carried out in Kiev.
More than 2 thousand slot machines were dismantled and confiscated.
I was personally involved in the events of the destruction of the slot machines as evil things that negatively affect the state of moral health of society, especially the rising generation; when the thousandth of the confiscated slot machines was crushed, I struck the first blow with my own hand!
But since the issue of regulating the gambling business is the responsibility of the central authorities, Kiev City State Administration repeatedly advanced the initiative to ban the gambling business in the capital and moving the gambling establishments outside the city. But only the tragedy in Dnepropetrovsk forced the authorities to adopt the Orders of the Cabinet of Ministers at first, and subsequently, on June 25, 2009, the Law of Ukraine “On prohibition of gambling business in Ukraine” was adopted, which prohibited the gambling business and participation in gambling in Ukraine.
Summing up all of the above, I would like to mention that I didn’t just sign orders and decisions of the Kiev City Council to combat the existing gambling establishments or crash the slot machine with my own hand. During my whole period of duty as a mayor I not a single Order on opening agambling establishment was signed by me – that’s the main thing!
THE RICH PAY FOR THE POOR
Wasn't fulfilled due to the lack of adequate regulatory framework at the state level
I wanted to implement a project according to which in Kiev - the city which is home to at least 20% of very rich people - this very category of citizens incurred the bulk of expenses in terms of payment for utility services through differentiation of rates.
KIEV RACEСOURSE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
I decided to breathe a new life into the Kiev racecourse to regain its honour to the city and the entire country.
In order to save the budget and reduce the costs for the bureaucratic machine, I decided to organize a car auction to sell vehicles owned by Municipal Enterprise “Motor Transport Enterprise of the Kiev City Council.”
NURSING HOME "THE BEST HOME"
On December 25, 2008, pursuant to the Decision of the Kiev City Council, a municipal enterprise "Best Home" was created.