First of all, and most importantly of all, our hearts at Witch Cult Translations go out to everyone affected by the current situation going on between Russia and Ukraine. We hope everyone can stay safe during these worrying times.
Now, why is a Fan Translation site for Re: Zero releasing a statement about geopolitical matters? That rests with the fact that our website’s servers are hosted in the Russian Federation.
Currently, international sanctions are being discussed against Russia, which may include Russia being removed from the SWIFT Banking system. As a result, that might affect Witch Cult Translation’s ability to pay for our hosting, if said sanctions expand to international Paypal payments to Russia. Since the situation is continuously evolving, we cannot say for sure if we would be affected by this. Furthermore, issues could arise if the Russian Federation were to impose sanctions on westerners being able to pay for Russian services – like our hosting provider. Other issues that could arise include potential internet outages in the Russian Federation, or the Russian government curtailing internet access to their country in general.
We think, at this moment in time, that it is unlikely that Witch Cult Translations will be affected by any of these, but as the situation is evolving we cannot say for sure. As a result, we have taken several preventative measures. We have rigorously backed up all of our content, such that it would be trivial to migrate in case we lose access to our servers, and we have been scouting out potential replacements in regards to VPS Server Hosting if the worst case does happen.
If any outages to the site occur in the following weeks which we believe are due to the ongoing geopolitical situation, we will make sure to update everyone via our Twitter or Discord and switch hosts as smoothly as possible, minimising any potential downtimes as much as we can.
Once again, we hope that everyone – especially for our fans in Ukraine caught in the war – can stay safe during these worrying times.
Witch Cult Translations.