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Kyrgyz Protesters Demand Full Enforcement Of Antigambling Law

Casino employees picketed the planned legislation to shut down gambling facilities in September.
Casino employees picketed the planned legislation to shut down gambling facilities in September.
BISHKEK -- Some 50 people have gathered in front of the Kyrgyz government building in Bishkek to demand enforcement of a new law against gambling.

The law came into force on January 1, but several casinos in the Kyrgyz capital were still operating two days later, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Protester Akyl Chmankulov told local media that antigambling protests would continue until all gambling halls are shut down. 

The law was signed by then-President Roza Otunbaeva in November after parliament approved the bill in late September, despite protests by casino employees in Bishkek, Jalal-Abad, and Osh.

Owners of casinos and gambling halls have vowed to take legal action, saying the new law is unconstitutional. They also argue that the ban leaves some 15,000 gambling-industry employees without jobs.

Legal Challenges

Opponents argue that the ban on gambling violates the country's investment law, as it forces some foreign investors out of business without any right to compensation.

The law, however, has been welcomed by antigambling campaigners, including many family members of gambling addicts.

Svetlana Kovalitskaya, a former gambling addict, says she has lost all her savings to gambling -- including her son's college fund and the money she saved to purchase an apartment.

Kovalitskaya tells RFE/RL she sought counseling to treat her addiction, and later joined many other former addicts and their relatives to demand the authorities outlaw gambling.

Reined In?

According to official statistics, the gambling industry annually contributed some 500 million soms (nearly $11 million) in taxes to Kyrgyzstan's economy.

The state agency for regulation and supervision of financial markets confirmed in October that there were 23 officially registered casinos in Kyrgyzstan, including 14 in the capital, Bishkek, and four in the southern town of Osh.

There were also some 300 gambling halls throughout the country, but only 17 of them had obtained official license while others have been registered as "entertainment clubs," the agency's officials were quoted by local media as saying.

There were calls in Kyrgyzstan to create a single gambling zone in the country, but parliament rejected such proposals.

Written by Farangis Najibullah, based on RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service reporting
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by: arnie from: usa
January 09, 2012 21:26

What is Compulsive Gambling? by arnie wexler cccg
Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler is eventually able to remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. Eventually, they will do anything to get the money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get the money to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler.

They will try to convince others and themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

After they hit a real bottom they will have to do something if they want to try to recover. Most gamblers at that point will want to stop but can’t (they wont be able to).

Most even at that point will keep gambling some will end up in jail some will attempt suicide some will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health or the stress will kill them.

And a small group of addicted gamblers will seek and find real help but the real trick is to get in to real recovery. Not just abstinence. By the time the gambler comes for help they have broken brains (Meaning their brains don’t work like they used to when they were not in there addiction).

To get real recovery the gambler needs to work on them self’s one day at a time and get someone to do there thinking for them who has been in recovery some time and has there brains are working right (a sponsor) After some time in recovery there brains will start to work again. They will become productive on there job and become a good father and husband. Recover is a process and does not happen with out a lot of work on your self . and making a moral and financial inventory. But people can recover and do.



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