Revolut bans transfers in Russia and Belarus

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  • From March 4, Revolut will no longer support transfers to or from entities in Russia and Belarus.
  • The move follows similar bans by major remittance firms like Wise and Remitly.

British fintech firm Revolut has suspended key services in Russia and Belarus, joining a string of fintech firms pulling out of the region.

The $33 billion neobank stopped supporting money transfers to or from entities in Russia and Belarus from 12:00 GMT on March 4, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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At the same time, users whose Revolut cards have been issued by financial institutions in Russia or Belarus will no longer be able to use those cards to top up their accounts.

The news comes amid sweeping economic sanctions against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24 — with fintech firms adding to the pressure.

Earlier this week, remittance firm Wise suspended its services in Russia. Shortly after, Zepz, TransferGo and Remitly took similar actions.

Founded in 2015, Revolut offers a range of payment, investment and money management services through a mobile app. The startup became the most valuable private tech company in UK history when it raised $800 million in July of last year.

The conflict in Ukraine is deeply personal for Revolut’s co-founders Nikolay Storonsky and Vlad Yatsenko, who were born in Russia and Ukraine, respectively. They both also hold British citizenship.

On March 1, Storonsky issued a statement condemning the war and calling it “wrong and totally abhorrent.”

Revolut has some of its more than 2,150 staff based in both Russia and Ukraine, and Storonsky said that he had to consider the wellbeing of those based in Russia before making any statement on the conflict.

“They have done nothing wrong; they have simply helped build Revolut, supporting their own families through their hard work, just like their colleagues in Ukraine (or London or New York or Sydney or Mumbai, or anywhere else in the world where our people are based). I was, and remain, mindful of them in all of my actions,” he said.

 


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