Bolt to donate 5 million euros to Ukraine and close operations in Belarus

(ORDO NEWS) — Estonian transport startup Bolt will donate 5 million euros to support Ukraine, as well as close operations in Belarus and remove Russian products from the grocery delivery service. “Freedom costs more,” the startup founder said.

Bolt founder and CEO Markus Willig wrote on social media on Tuesday, March 8, that the company plans to donate 1 million euros to support Ukraine and more than 4 million will be allocated over the next two weeks.
Markus Willig said it would be three “big steps”: ”

1. Donation of 5 percent of European orders to Bolt over the next two weeks in support of the Ukrainian people.

2. Removal of Russian products from the Bolt market.

3. Closing our operations in Belarus. It will cost us millions. But freedom is worth more.”

He wrote that the company is one of the biggest employers in Central and Eastern Europe and needs to “manage real action”, adding that “we can’t be content with posting on social media”.

“We are opposed to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. We are confronting our 112 employees in Ukraine. We stand against darkness. Glory to Ukraine!” Villig added.

He also wrote about the history of Estonia and why it is important to support Ukraine at this time.
“Based on (the history of) Estonia, we know very well the price of freedom.

Our parents and grandfathers have been waiting for the end of the occupation for 48 long years. Europe cannot repeat the same mistake,” he said.

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