Anna Mukydza noticed that something wasn’t right with her OnlyFans account the first time she received a message telling her that he couldn’t pay.
She told Euronews Next that people couldn’t renew their subscriptions and that renewals were automatically rejected. People were then unsubscribed.
Mukydza, one of the many OnlyFans creators from Russia and Belarus, had her accounts suspended after Russia invaded Ukraine. She uses the platform to create and sell adult content.
Her account was restored a few days later. It was a costly decision: Mukydza estimates that she lost approximately 25% of her subscribers and about EUR1,000 in sales.
She stated that the biggest problem for her was not whether they ban Russian users but only Russian creators.
“So, do they believe that government leaders have OnlyFans? They post their dick photos and make money off it?” Oder is it Russian leaders so they don’t have my nudes anymore?
“A prohibited country”
OnlyFans stated that it had restored the accounts of its Russian creators in a statement. OnlyFans stated that the platform took the decision to suspend its service after sanctions were placed on Russia’s financial institutions, which severely limited their ability process international transactions.
The company stated that it was not going to terminate or suspend any creator accounts based upon the creator’s geographic location. They are supporting our community as best we can.
After OnlyFans had provided its statement to Euronews Next a Sophia* creator sent screenshots from OnlyFans showing that her Russian ID was rejected due to “a prohibited state or country”.
Sophia lost subscribers because she couldn’t verify her identity and was unable manage her account on the platform. Sophia was also unable withdraw her earnings. She stated that OnlyFans’ terms allow the platform to withhold earnings “indefinitely”.
She said that she had planned to emigrate from the beginning of the year, following the brutal suppression of rallies and the imprisonment [Russian opposition leader Alexei] Navalny].
She told Euronews Next, “I must withdraw $200. I understand that some people may have a smaller amount but it is still money for me.”
Bolt quits Belarus
Other platforms also saw the impact of sanctions on workers from Russia and Belarus.
Bolt, the Estonian ride-share company, announced on March 1 that it would immediately cease operations in Belarus. Bolt stated that it was against the invasion.
According to Euronews Next, Bolt had “in the thousands” of drivers when it pulled out from Belarus.
“Coming from Estonia, we know the value freedom all too well,” Bolt’s chief executive Markus Villig wrote. He was referring to Estonia’s occupation in 1991 by the Soviet Union.
On March 5, Twitch, an Amazon streaming service, sent an email to its Russian creators explaining that they would not be able receive payments to Russian bank accounts.
“Sanctions made Twitch make no choice”
“I read it, and I couldn’t believe it,” a Russian Twitch streamer told Euronews Next.
She said, “I have been streaming on Twitch since the last five years.” “Twitch is my safe haven, my home. It’s a place where you can have fun, laugh, and find happiness.
“People are losing their jobs”
Euronews Next spoke with Russian OnlyFans creators and said that the unstable situation created by war has exposed the dangers of working on an international platform tightly controlled.
“I no longer believe any claims made by this platform.” Sophia stated that although they claim no claims against me, they took my only source for income.
Euronews Next was informed by the Twitch streamer that she understood why many western companies cut ties to Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
McDonald’s, which announced that it would close its 850 Russian restaurants, pays $147 million (EUR132 millions) in taxes annually to the Russian government. She said that if I was them, I would not want that money to be used for cruelty, pain, and death of innocent persons.”
“But, we need to all understand that these companies also provide employment for tens of thousands if not hundreds upon thousands of Russian citizens. It’s a way to get whatever you need in the time when you are most needed and people are losing their jobs.