According to Motherboard, OnlyFans has temporarily stopped accounts and payments for its Russian artists. Until today, the UK-based platform was one of the few Western software corporations that had kept its doors open to Russian customers. OnlyFans temporarily banned access to Russian authors in February. Still, it quickly restored access, stating that full functionality will be accessible “as long as we have the financial mechanisms to support them.”
However, it appears that stricter payment limits have pushed OnlyFans’ hand.
“OnlyFans is a creator first business. Over the past few months we have explored several options to continue providing our services to creators impacted by the Russia / Ukraine war. However, due to a further tightening of payment restrictions to and from Russia, OnlyFans can no longer properly serve our Russian creator community. As a result, we are taking steps to pause accounts where payments are received in Russia temporarily. We have asked impacted creators to contact [email protected], who can help address any queries regarding their accounts,” said a statement provided to Motherboard by OnlyFans.
It’s unclear whether OnlyFans users in Russia may still log in and pay for services on the platform. Engadget has contacted out for clarification and will provide an update if we receive a response.
Spending and earning money in Russia has grown even more difficult in recent weeks as countries continue to slap sanctions. Russian producers and merchants have been prevented from generating cash on various Western platforms, including Twitch, YouTube, Etsy, Fiverr, and Meta’s Instagram and Facebook. Many Russians cannot accept or transfer international funds since Visa, Paypal, American Express, and Mastercard have ceased operations in the country. Due to Russia’s partial SWIFT embargo, many of its big banks are unable to conduct transactions with the rest of the world.