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Is Bitcoin Freedom Money or a Tool for Sanctions Evaders?

Ukraine’s resistance has seen more than $30 million in direct crypto donations.

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This episode is sponsored by, Arculus, FTX US and Cointelli.

On today’s episode, NLW looks at the contrasting public images of crypto regarding the Ukraine-Russia war. On the one hand, the Ukrainian resistance has raised more than $30 million from more than 26,000 crypto donations while traditional fundraising platforms block similar efforts. On the other, some politicians and media are raising the specter of bitcoin and crypto as a way for Russian leaders to minimize the impact of sanctions. Which perspective on crypto is more correct as this generational conflict unfolds?

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “Obligated” by Daniele Musto. Image credit: Cigdem Hizkan/Getty Images News, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at