Russian artist to sale burning passport NFT to support Ukraine

NFT artist Olive Allen declared by publicly burning her Russian passport, she was effectively making it dangerous to repatriate by protesting the present government. 

Russian artist to sale burning passport NFT to support Ukraine

Olive Allen, is a Russian national and artist who lived in US. for more than 11 years, has burned her mother country's passport in the hopes of raising awareness and funds related to the defense war in Ukraine. 

Allen declared as "a child of new Russia and said the country would always be a part of her identity, as" a child of new Russia" and said the country would always be a part of her identity, but she had chosen to cut ties with it based on its recent actions in Ukraine. standing in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York City, Allen burned her Russian passport which she said was the only copy she had, and planned to auction the video as a nonfungible token (NFT), with the proceeds going to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. 

“I do not consider Putin’s Russia my home,” said Allen. “Our country has such an immense potential, but the government has been f---ing people over for eternity.”

Allen, who has been involved in the crypto space since 2018 following the Dec 2017 Bitcoin (BTC) bull run, the decision to burn her passport was prompted by being unable to see herself ever returning to the country under its current leadership. Also said she wanted to push back against the narrative that all Russian civilians were in favor of military action against Ukraine, noting she knew people in the country who were “brainwashed to the point of no return” in supporting the regime. 

“I love my country but I do not believe in Putin’s Russia. I don’t see myself living there in the current situation. What’s happening right now is just heartbreaking.”

The auction of her burning passport NFT went live on the super rare marketplace on Friday. Allen said she will use funds from the sale to donate Ether (ETH) directly to save the children, an organization targeted to helping children around the world from these issues like trafficking, early marriage, being unable to obtain an education, and fleeing from violence. 

Allen said she wanted to focus on sending funds to humanitarian efforts rather than the army. Save the children is now accepting crypto donations through the nonprofit fundraising platform Giving Block in BTC and ETH for the roughly 7.5 million children "caught in the crossfire of war" in Ukraine. The NFT artist said by publicly burning her passport, she was effectively making it dangerous to repatriate by making her views on the government. 

"I could never to Russia with the current regime" I'll be arrested right away," said Allen. "People go to jail in Russia for less. l will cut off my chances of coming back, I mean at least during the current regime."

Burning one's passport doesn't automatically renounce citizenship to any country. According to a federal law introduced in 2002. a person residing abroad can withdraw the Russian citizenship of their "own free will" execute in cases where they are under indictment in Russia, possess no other country's citizenship, or owe "an outstanding obligation to the Russian Federation."

An Alien would likely need to present an undamaged passport to a Russian consulate and fill out paperwork to legally cut ties with the country. Though she said she might pursue this route at some point. being effectively "on a blocklist" to make her fear getting arrested when returning to any Russian territory was enough. 

Cryptocurrency has become a major issue in discussions around both sending funds to Ukraine and Russia potentially circumventing sanctions from the United States and the European Union. Twitter accounts for both Ukraine and the country's minister of (USDT), Polkadot (DOT), and Dogecoin (DOGE), and U.S and EU lawmakers have pushed for regulatory clarity on crypto over concerns Russia may utilize digital assets to evade sanctions. 

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