“I reside in Switzerland and own firearms. Anyone attempting violence at my doorstep risks a literal response,” warns Heaver, addressing the altcoin enthusiasts who send her online death threats.
In a conversation with Magazine, Heaver places the blame on memecoin founders for inciting aggression within the Crypto Twitter community. “There’s a significant responsibility on these community and altcoin leaders. They’re encouraging their followers to issue threats and intimidate people,” asserts Heaver.
Them: on a scale 0 to 10, how pro gun are?
Me: only 2
My 2 Swiss BFFs 🇨🇭 pic.twitter.com/LKbRar7qAb
— Irina ₿. Heaver (@IrinaHeaver) April 13, 2023
As a prominent crypto lawyer based in Dubai and Switzerland, Heaver boasts a substantial following of 41,200 on social media — an impressive figure for a lawyer. While not as renowned as figures like Buterin and Heilpern, it’s still noteworthy, considering her casual attitude towards it: “If somehow they cancel me, I will continue posting on LinkedIn because I have a huge following on LinkedIn.”
Heaver identifies as a Bitcoin maximalist and frequently speaks at global crypto conferences. Most of the threats she receives stem from her warnings against questionable altcoins. When a token founder faces legal action, she deciphers the legal jargon and shares insights with her followers.
Recently, she became a target of the Hex community after founder Richard Heart was sued. “I had people sending death threats against my children, saying they know which kindergarten they go to,” she reveals. Heaver affirms that she collaborates with law enforcement to expose fraudulent memecoin projects.
SEC has sued Richard Heart, aka Richard Schueler, founder of Hex, PulseChain, and PulseX
Here are key allegations:
1) Heart raised over $1B by selling tokens for his projects.
2) Misused his control of the projects, making suggestive statements about potential increases in… pic.twitter.com/XyNuaeB3sc
— Irina ₿. Heaver (@IrinaHeaver) July 31, 2023
Before venturing into crypto in 2016, Heaver worked as a lawyer in the oil and gas industry for 13 years. She served as the general counsel for the world’s largest shipping group but grew weary of corporate bureaucracy. Colleagues were surprised at her transition to the crypto industry, often dismissing it as a domain of “money launderers and drug dealers.”
Heaver’s Twitter prominence surged when she reactivated her long-standing account about a year ago. Despite her account’s age (joining in 2014), she began posting consistently. Although she didn’t anticipate gaining followers, she consciously committed to posting once a day.
She asserts that while her crypto work with Middle Eastern and Eastern European governments is serious, Twitter is more of a leisure activity. This nonchalant attitude may be why online threats directed at her only seem to further infuriate the senders.
Thanks to bitcoin I was able to retire from my 9 to 5, now I work 24/7. pic.twitter.com/sofKKBpggr
— Irina ₿. Heaver (@IrinaHeaver) June 28, 2022
In terms of content, Heaver believes the crypto community resonates more with lighthearted content than in-depth analyses. While her crypto consultations with governments are her primary focus, Twitter serves as a source of amusement. She contends that this carefree approach often triggers those who send her threats.
Heaver’s content is relaxed, offering glimpses into her intriguing life, from shooting rifles to hiking in Switzerland. Occasionally, she shares insights about influential figures or governments she’s interacted with.
Showed up like this to a CBDC session ran by a couple of Central Banks
— Irina ₿. Heaver (@IrinaHeaver) June 18, 2023
Her Twitter feed features a mix of “Bitcoin-only” accounts and various political commentators. She finds political analysis more captivating than tracking crypto prices, emphasizing that broader political decisions hold greater weight than coins experiencing massive gains.
Heaver particularly appreciates content from Swan Bitcoin’s Cory Klippsten, Bitcoin Archive, and the Elon Musk (Parody) account.
Although we maintain that the SEC’s request for emergency relief was entirely unwarranted, we are pleased that the disagreement over this request was resolved on mutually acceptable terms.
User funds have been and always will be safe and secure on all Binance-affiliated…
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) June 17, 2023
Regarding the SEC’s ongoing lawsuits against Binance and Coinbase, Heaver predicts that both will settle without admitting wrongdoing. Drawing on her “inside knowledge” gained from the oil and gas industry, she recalls a Swiss company facing U.S. regulatory scrutiny, highlighting how such settlements bolster regulatory budgets.
Orange pilled another Regulator 💃
A Central Asian Government will announce in good time that they are holding #bitcoin in its Government treasury 🧡🔥
— Irina ₿. Heaver (@IrinaHeaver) June 4, 2023