By Anya Borisova
Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine
In my wildest dreams, I have never imagined that I would be sincerely glad for these things to happen! I am waiting in line at a lingerie shop on Nevsky Prospect [main street in St. Petersburg, Russia]. A man in front of me is paying for the numerous gifts intended for his girlfriend who stands nearby. Suddenly, the salesperson gives his Visa card, then a MasterCard back, announcing that the payment won’t go through. I take a close look and see that both cards are issued by Sberbank of Russia. I cannot help smiling, while the man is upset and totally oblivious to what’s happening. I could not hold out any longer and decided to explain to him that he should thank his Keiser for meddling in Crimea. The question followed: “Are you from Ukraine?” I smiled and introduced myself as a Banderite. The man turned green and left without his gifts. His young companion was also very distraught.
For myself, I realized that I am not sorry for them at all, nor am I sorry for others whose bank cards will stop working.
Judge me if you want.
[Note from the editor: According to Forbes, Visa and Mastercard stopped processing transactions by a number of Russian banks, including the Sberbank of Russia, it’s second largest bank. Visa confirmed it had blocked cards issued by four Russian banks following sanctions announced by the U.S. Treasury on Thursday.]