Preston is correct. Please, do not create another account, it is against oDesk Policies and will result in suspension.
Also, please make sure that the location you have listed on your oDesk account reflects your actual location. If you are not residing in Crimea anymore, please follow the instructions in the ticket about how to submit proof.
I cannot express how sorry I feel about this situation.
Well, it is sad that there is no way for normal people to use oDesk as is without violating TOS or losing feedback history and profile score
I would suggest oDesk legal department to change TOS to become more user-friendly. There are several options to help people and to protect human rights:
- don't take into account city and country information; (a lot of US-based companies don't ask it)
- allow to create new account for users who are suffered from political games
As a long-term solution I would suggest to create a sub-company in one of good neutral countries, for example in Singapore. Then all of freelancers and clients would be able to sign TOS of subcompany "oDesk-Singapore" without any legal consequences.
Aleksandr, as noted by others attempting to create a new profile or manipulate your profile and location is not allowed. This restriction is unfortunate, but it is mandated by law and we must comply.
Interesting thread. While I sympathize with all who have been negatively affected by this US Law, there are valid reasons for these laws; basically to protect the interests of the US, its citizens, and partnering countries.
In addition, contrary to what has appeared in this thread, most US companies do require proof of residence for tax and other reasons before granting employment.
Edited 01/09/2015 RT/lwm
As an update to our announcement: We have been given more time to close accounts and we are happy to share that we can now release funds to users in Crimea.
Per our email notice to affected users, we plan to transfer all funds in your account on Tuesday, January 13th to the most recent payment method you have on file. Should this method be incorrect, please respond to the email notice or contact our Customer Support team immediately so that we can update our records and transfer your funds.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to work through this unfortunate situation. We are disappointed this update does not allow us to reopen accounts. We are still in the process of filing a license to operate in Crimea and hope that will provide a better outcome later this year.
I would like to get an answer on EU regulations as well. Are the same restrictions of doing business with individuals/corporations in Crimea valid for EU-based companies as well? Or only for US-based companies?
Moderator, current status, please. Are Upwork and Payoneer still under the restriction to not collaborate with the developers based in Crimea? I'm asking that because I see now I can access the Upwork site, no pop-up message preventing me to enter.