Around 23 calendars had been shipped to Russia out of which six had already been returned.
that if there had been a physical problem with the calendars or if they did not meet trading standards they would have been stopped by British customs.
He said: “If there is a problem it is usually stopped by British customs officials.
Trade Me was publicly listed as a separate entity on 13 December 2011 under the ticker "TME".
Trade Me Ltd also operates several sister websites including Find Someone, Travelbug, Safe Trader and Holiday Houses.
It costs them an estimated £25 per calendar whenever they are rejected because they have to pay for packaging and shipping to Russia as well as pay for them to be returned to their offices.
The makers of the calendar, which features naked members of the team in various poses, also claimed their website was hit by a distributed denial of service (DDOS) which sent 7,268 visits per second to their website shortly after.
“The fact Russian customs rejected our calendar is nothing compared to the suffering some LGBT people face every day, but it acts as a signifier of the wider problem.
“If they can’t cope with a few naked bums, then frankly that’s quite sad.” He said Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, was promoting “precisely the kind of toxic masculinity that Sport Allies and the Warwick Rowers want to challenge”.
They said it was later traced to an IP address in Russia.
Mr Malcolm said: “My heart goes out to the rowers’ Russian fans, who are increasingly subjected to acts of hatred and discrimination that shouldn’t be tolerated in any society anywhere across the globe.
Sam Morgan founded Trade Me during the first few months of 1999, constructing the site while working full-time for Deloitte as a technology consultant.
Within Deloitte, Morgan worked on Internet projects and supply-chain issues.
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