As mentioned, I am deeply concerned about the unprovoked and illegal Russian war against now not only Ukraine, but also potentially Moldova and NATO.
The rhetoric’s are simply completely unacceptable.
Since our software (specially kbmMW) can be considered dual use software, I have now restricted access to our portal for Russian users.
It is a very unfortunate, but necessary step, with only one part being responsible for the current security situation on the world stage, namely Russia, that employs a policy of killing and hurting innocent civilians and impose unreasonable costs on the shoulders of Ukraine and the rest of the world.
I am aware that many civilian people within Russia, obviously also including Delphi developers, may be against the hostilities imposed by their homeland, and that this decision will affect hundreds of honest, hardworking and reasonably minded Delphi developers.
But I unfortunately can’t legally nor morally sit back and ignore what is going on.
The existing 600+ Russian registered users have now been blocked from the download portal.
New users will no longer be offered any variation of kbmMW as a download, including the free variants, but can request access to kbmMW CodeGear/Community Edition and kbmMW Remote Desktop which will be granted after scrutiny of the request.
If you are living within Russia, your request will be denied.
If you do not provide complete registration and contact information, your request will be denied.
If you provide an email address that effectively is anonymous, your request will be denied.
When Russia stops the hostilities towards peaceful countries, and normal relations can be established again, I am sure that dual use software again to some extent can flow to Russia. Until then, I am sorry.
I am continuing to be in awe and respect for the Russians within Russia and the Belarusian’s within Belarusia that have the courage to stand up against the war in Ukraine, and I really wish for those to succeed in bringing back a Russia that is governed by fairness and respect for humans rather than what you have right now.
I am hoping for a quick return to normality!
With due respect
Kim Bo Madsen / Components4Developers
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