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Inmate with right to work sells NFTs to support family

A young man in prison in Russia is now selling NFTs to supplement his income and send money to his family.

At age 27, he was arrested by Russian authorities with packages of marijuana and ecstasy, and sentenced to prison for six years. Some of the drugs he traded were on the darknet, a hidden internet environment, where he ran a forum for drug sales.

However, he was sent to a place where he could not have access to electronic devices, where he spent a few years. Waking up early each day to sing the Russian anthem, the young man ended up registering good behavior and then being sent to a milder location to finish serving his sentence.

Young man arrested in Russia sells NFT to supplement his income

In a more lenient prison colony now, Pavel Skazkin can go to work in a town near the prison and even access electronic devices. With a few years left of his sentence to serve, he earns a monthly salary as a prisoner of US$140.00, sent to his wife and three children.

However, he decided to continue on the internet to earn money, but this time in an artistic way and to complement the income sent to his family.

Using cryptocurrencies, especially NFTs, he is producing art, using the name Papasweeds, which reflects his life story and what led him to jail.

As stated in a conversation with the portal CoindeskIn his art, Pavel expresses his life experiences, including in the Russian prison system, where he is still living at least part of his day.

So he started selling art online and promised to send 30% of all his earnings to the “Russia Behind Bars” association, which helps families of people who are struggling because of their imprisoned relatives in Russia.

His first arts were manufactured on the blockchain Tezos, when he became known in the Russian artist community and had his story revealed to the world.

Russo participates in group that helped fight censorship with blockchain arts

Part of the Russian artist community, Pavel is part of a group that sold NFTs in 2021 to save the portal Jellyfish, which almost closed due to pressure from the authorities and today even accepts Bitcoin as a donation to keep itself in operation.

The press in Russia lives under government surveillance and ideas of freedom can hardly be published in the country, with Meduza being just one of the most recent.

Both cases thus show how important the presence of cryptocurrencies is in places where freedom is restricted.

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