Olive Allen, an NFT Artist from Russia has decided to rebel against the decision made by Russian President Putin to invade Ukraine. The artist has decided to support Ukraine by renouncing her citizenship as a Russian by burning her passport and creating an NFT out of it. The sales from this NFT would supposedly go to the Ukraine support mission. According to cryptocurrency breaking news today, Olive Allen who is an NFT artist in Russia has mentioned that by publicly burning the passport that she has, she will effectively be making it pretty dangerous to repatriate by creating protests against the current government.
Olive Allen is a Russian national who has been residing in the United States for about 11 years. In the latest news, she has burned the Russian passport that she has in order to raise some awareness as well as some funds to make sure that Ukraine is supported in the military conflicts against Russia. In an interview with Cointelegraph, she described that she belongs to the new and improved Russia and the country would definitely be a part of her.
However, she also said that her decision to cut ties with Russia was on the basis of the decision of the country to invade Ukraine. Standing right in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in the city of New York, she burned the Russian Passport (her only copy). She also has plans on turning it into an NFT or a Non-fungible token in order to ensure that the proceeds are forwarded to the humanitarian activities that are going on in Ukraine at the current moment.
“I do not consider Putin’s Russia my home,” mentioned Allen. “Our country has such an immense potential, but the government has been punishing people over for eternity.” “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.”
Allen, who has been involved in the crypto space since early 2018 following the December 2017 Bitcoin (BTC) bull run, mentioned that she will not be returning to Russia and hence this decision seemed to be a perfect fit for her.
Auction for Burning Passport NFT To Take Place
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 aimed at helping children around the world with issues such as 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 military. Save the Children is currently 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 known.
“I could never return to Russia with the current regime — I’ll be arrested right away,” said Allen. “People go to jail in Russia for less. I’ve cut off my chances of coming back, I mean at least during the current regime.”
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It might not necessarily mean that she will not be able to return to Russia though. Allen would likely need to present an undamaged passport to a Russian consulate and fill out paperwork to legally cut ties with the country. According to cryptocurrency breaking news today she said she might pursue this route at some point, being effectively “on a blacklist” to make her fear of getting arrested when returning to any Russian territory was enough.
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