Trezor Halted Wallet Shipments to Russia and Ukraine
More crypto-related businesses are joining the sanction train making its rounds in Russia, following that country’s invasion of Ukraine. And this time, it’s a major company from the hardware wallet sector. But Ukraine has been hit as well.
Satoshi Labs, the maker of the popular hardware wallet Trezor, has said that it had already stopped delivering its devices to these two countries due to transportation issues.
Per trezor.io’s website,
“Due to the current situation in Ukraine and Russia shipping to these countries has been temporarily suspended beyond our control. While we hope that the situation improves quickly, we are currently unsure when we will be able to resume shipping to Russia and Ukraine.”
SatoshiLabs is based in the Czech Republic, formerly itself invaded by what was then the Soviet Union at the time the former was part of Czechoslovakia. Additionally, many company employees have “connections to the conflict that make it personal, and therefore they are personally involved in humanitarian aid,” SatoshiLabs spokesperson Kristýna Mazánková, told Cryptonews.com.
“We were forced to temporarily suspend shipping to those countries because delivery companies no longer ship to either country,” Mazánková said.
Four days later, on February 28, Satoshi Labs announced that they donated EUR 1m (USD 1.09m) in bitcoin (BTC) to two organizations.
To help people in Ukraine, we at @satoshilabs (@Trezor, @Invity_io, @TropicSquare) donated 1 million Euro in #Bitcoin to @CLOVEKVTISNI and @MSF_czech organisations.— SatoshiLabs (@satoshilabs) February 28, 2022
We encourage you to financially support trusted funds and NGOs to help those who suffer the most.
No to war! pic.twitter.com/rNcAaHiOz9
As for Trezor’s major rival Ledger, there doesn’t seem to be any similar announcement at the time of writing. Per its website, due to local regulations, the Ledger wallet can’t be shipped to seven countries/regions, which include Belarus and the Crimean Peninsula, invaded and subsequently annexed by Russia in 2014. Russia is not on this list.
Cryptonews.com has contacted Ledger for comment as well.
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(Updated on March 9 at 08:26 UTC with additional details from Trezor.)