As many of you may know I am an Australian but have been living in Russia the last few years.
I’m married with two young girls aged 5 and 7. You will all be aware that the political situation here is deteriorating fast and the country is becoming increasing isolated… I would love to say more but to say anything at all can now get you into serious trouble.
I have made the decision to shutdown all nodes over the next couple of weeks as it is just not a great time to have a lot of external ip connections to your home isp. I also need to focus on our plan to get out of here as well as working out how to pay for everything we will need to do. That last part is going to be incredibly hard as we have a couple of complications to deal with.
Basically we need to run while we still can before the borders are shut but the nodes can stay active a little longer as we just can’t leave this second unfortunately. Absolutely no idea how we are going to pay for all this yet.
I have loved being part of the Storj community and hope to return once we are all safe.
Give my data a good home boys!
1/ After a year of running Storj I have been unable to withdraw a single payment and indeed since the recent token price crash it has actually lost 30% of it’s value. Even after this month’s payment is made I will still be below where I was in total value terms 2 months ago. So it is not even growing in net value terms.
2/ Russia is progressively being isolated. The latest to announce their withdrawal from the market was paypal - which was announced this evening. And Russia had already made it illegal to use crypto directly for payments and other problems as Alexey already detailed. So, for example if I was to have $1000 in crypto the ability to get that into useable fiat here is being eroded very, very quickly.
In general, I’m strictly a pacifist. In my mind, there’s no real reason why the World’s populations can’t live peacefully side-by-side in 2022. Nearly all military conflicts today are based on political nonsense (read as arrogance) and greed by a few corrupt top level persons.
Unnecessary death and destruction is always very sad.
As to the OP’s post, I would gladly donate some crypto… but after reading about the shutdown of crypto to fiat pathways, I don’t think it would do much good.