Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Gets $100 Million ‘Cashback’ After Donation
Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Gets $100 Million ‘Cashback’ After Indian CryptoRelief Donation

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is receiving about $100 million worth of Shiba Inu coins which he had donated to the Indian Covid-19 Relief Fund CryptoRelief. The 27-year-old Russian developer recently shared how he wants to use the amount.

After donating to the Indian Covid-19 Relief Fund CryptoRelief, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin is receiving a sizeable portion of his donation back, which is about $100 million worth of Shiba Inu coins.


The 27-year-old Russian developer aims to use these funds to power radical new projects to fight Covid and assist relief efforts. He shared his goal in a recent tweet:

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In order to process and deploy this crypto-fund, Buterin has co-founded ‘Balvi’—a new organization that will focus on ‘high risk, high reward’ projects across the world. Some of the ideas he’s looking to support involve ’vaccine R&D, innovative approaches to air filtration and ventilation, and testing.’


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Why Did CryptoRelief Give Buterin The Funds?

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It’s interesting that CryptoRelief made headlines regarding Buterin’s contributions just days before India’s much-awaited 2022 budget which will release today and is likely to contain major policy changes regarding cryptocurrency. While this is likely to affect any crypto-spearheaded efforts for relief programs in India, it’s also compounded by a slew of regulations that zone in on relief funds.


“Considering fund’s foreign origin and laws of India,” said CryptoRelief and Polygon founder Sandeep Nailwal, “CryptoRelief followed a systematic, controlled, and robust approach in disbursing funds mandated to be utilised for India. But being an Indian citizen (NRI), I have to be extra cautious in any of the projects being donated to.”

After confirming Buterin’s words and explaining that the funds would be released in the dollar-pegged USDC, Sandeep also highlighted potential roadblocks in India’s legal framework. He also noted that Buterin’s non-Indian status allowed him to speed up the process, and make faster spending decisions:

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In total, the Russian developer contributed a massive 50 trillion SHIB to the fund, before burning the rest of his SHIB holdings. With a total valuation of $6.7 billion, Buterin decided to simply get rid of his 410 trillion SHIB, claiming that he did so to avoid affecting the coin’s market price due to overcentralization.


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