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Russian Crypto Billionaire Vyacheslav Taran killed in Helicopter Crash on 25 November 2022

Russian Cryptocurrency billionaire Vyacheslav Taran, 53, founder of Forex Club and president of the Libertex Group died in a helicopter crash near the French-Italian border on 25 November 2022. Vyacheslav was the sole passenger of a helicopter that crashed in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

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Mystery Surrounding Vyacheslav Taran’s Death

Helicopter Crashes in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Killing Pilot and Russian Passenger

A helicopter from the Monegasque company Monacair crashed in the town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, on Friday afternoon on 25 November 2022. The helicopter had taken off from Lausanne, Switzerland, about 1.5 hours earlier, with a 35-year-old French pilot Nicolas Geslin and his Russian passenger Vyacheslav Taran on board. The crash happened when the Airbus H130 helicopter hit a hillside near the Grande Corniche in Eze at around 2pm on Friday 25th November. 

Both the pilot and the passenger were killed in the crash.

The helicopter crashed on the Justice plateau, near the Roman road, the Grande Corniche. The area is steep and rugged, and the crash site was difficult to access. Around fifty firefighters were dispatched to the scene for rescue servcies. Emergency responders were able to reach the crash site and confirm the deaths of the pilot and passenger. The wreckage of the helicopter was recovered and taken away for further examination.

Russian Crypto Billionaire Vyacheslav Taran

Were There Three people on Board The Helicopter?

Initially there was information that three people on board the helicopter including Vyacheslav Taran . Search went to locate the third person, but later the Monacair company informed that th second passenger withdrew at the last moment .

The pilot, Nicolas Geslin, who would have turned 35 on 15th December 2022, had racked up 2,300 flight hours, working previously for Héli Air Monaco, Fly Picturse and Azur Hélico. he had been flying over the Côte d’Azur since 2015 . The Normandy-born man lived on the Côte d’Azur with his wife .

Russian media reported that an unidentified VIP was also expected to join Vyacheslav, who pulled out at the last minute.

The crash that killed Vyacheslav Taran and Pilot
The crash that killed Vyacheslav Taran and Pilot

Crash Remains Unexplained

In a press release, the company said that the helicopter was an H130, a modern and reliable model built by Airbus Helicopters. The company also said that the pilot Nicolas Geslin was very familiar with the area, having trained there. Taran’s helicopter crashed in good weather. It is said that Vyacheslav Taran was returning from a business trip to Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Russian embassy in Paris said that the founder of Forex Club and Libertex died in Villefranche-sur-Me.

Libertex Group On Death Of Co-Founder, Vyacheslav Taran

In an official statement, the Libertex Group confirmed its co-founder’s death, and described Taran as “kind-hearted, polite and humble”.

It is with great sadness that Libertex Group confirms the death of its co-founder and Chairman of Board of Directors, Vyacheslav Taran, after a helicopter crash that took place en route to Monaco on Friday, 25 November 2022.

The Board of Directors of Libertex Group and company employees extend their most heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the Taran family. Vyacheslav is survived by his wife Olga and three children.

Vyacheslav Taran was a fintech entrepreneur and a published author, with long-standing experience in the financial industry. In 1997, he co-founded what was to eventually become the trading and investing platform Libertex.

Libertex Group Co-Founder, Vyacheslav Taran And Wife Olga Taran 
Libertex Group Co-Founder, Vyacheslav Taran And Wife Olga Taran 

A well-known and highly respected businessman, described as kind-hearted, polite and humble by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him, Taran was a true visionary. His vision and direction have made Libertex what it is today: his “dream company to work for” that he often described to colleagues in speeches and internal memos as “a company whose services and products I use myself and am willing to recommend to my relatives and friends.”

Taran was also devoted to giving back to the community and always rushed to help those in need, particularly children. He co-founded Change One Life, a charitable foundation helping children from orphanages and child-care institutions to find families and live fulfilling lives. To this day, Change One Life has helped more than 30,000 orphaned children.

Vyacheslav Taran will be missed more than words can express, and everyone at Libertex will eternally be grateful for what he has accomplished.

We kindly ask that during this difficult and extremely painful time, the family’s privacy is respected.

Libertex Group would also like to extend its condolences to the family of the pilot.

The Life and Legacy of Vyacheslav Taran: Biography

Vyacheslav Taran was born in 1969 in Vladivostok, Russia. Taran worked as a radio engineer before starting his career in Fintech.

Later Taran got a job as a cashier in a regular currency exchange office. In the next five years ,he rose to the rank of deputy chairman of the board of one local bank, and minutely studied the market for exchange transactions. This was the stepping stone for his Forex Club.

Taran founded the foreign exchange trading platform Forex Club in Russia in 1997. It soon became one of the three top exchanges in the country.

By 2015, Vyacheslav Taran owned and managed eight companies in Russia, seven of which were related to Forex trading and one of which was a charitable foundation for orphans.

In December 2018, the Bank of Russia canceled the licenses of the largest forex dealers – Forex Club, Teletrade , Alpari, TrustForex and Fix Trade for irregularities in their registrations. Officially, these five forex dealers owe their investors 35 million rubles. Forex Club Group continues to operate in more than 100 other countries.

Vyacheslav Taran founded the crypto trading platform Libertex in 2012. Libertex is part of the Cyprus-listed Forex Club Group. The company offers a wide variety of financial products, including cryptocurrency trading and “in-app crypto mining software” and is a sponsor of football club Bayern Munich.

Business Projects Abroad of Vyacheslav Taran

Vyacheslav Taran tried few businesses abroad in early 2000. In Malaga, Spain, Taran entered into wholesale and retail trade, but closed the company in 2006. These info was provided by the Life Media.

In 2012, in Greenwich, London, Taranregistered the company 3D Flying Car Limited, which was engaged in the production of various transport equipment. Two years later, Taran closed this business.

Since 2011, the credit organization Indication Investments Ltd., which still exists today, has been actively operating in Cyprus. In Switzerland, Taran launched a company – the operator of the crypto wallet YouHodler. Since 2019, a financial intermediary, Wirex Holdings Limited, has existed in Britain.

Vyacheslav Taran Businesses
Vyacheslav Taran Businesses .Photo © opencorporates.com

Taran tried their hands in Real Estate in US too. in 2006 they purchased a two-story mansion on one of the islands in the state of New York – Staten Island for 460 thousand dollars. They sold the house in 2013 for $1 million.

Vyacheslav Taran Migration to Monaco

By the mid-2010s, Vyacheslav Taran sold all of his Russian assets and with his wife Olga relocated to Monaco. As per the databases of the Principality of Monaco, the couple had Maltese passports and later acquired local documents for Residency.

Taran’s wife, Olga Taran, publishes a magazine and news and leisure website in Monaco , HelloMonaco . Olga is a professional journalist with experience on Russian television and in marketing with a financial company on Wall Street. She thought of the idea of ​​creating HelloMonaco based on the daily life of the Principality, share its key economic, social and cultural events on a day-to-day basis.

Olga Taran, founder and editor in chief of Hello Monaco
Olga Taran, founder and editor in chief of Hello Monaco

Taran’s have an apartment at luxurious Les Terrasses Du Port residence on the Mediterranean coast, Monaco.

Three Crypto Deaths Under Mysterious Circumstances

Taran is the third crypto executive to die in strange circumstances recently. The three notable crypto luminaries who died within a few weeks of one another were Nikolai Mushegian, 29, Tiantian Kullander, 30, and Vyacheslav Taran, 53.

Last week, 30-year-old Tiantian “TT” Kullander, co-founder of the Amber Group and its WhaleFin digital asset platform, died unexpectedly in his sleep.

And on Oct. 28, the co-founder of DeFi lending platform MakerDAO and its DAI stablecoin, 29-year-old Nikolai Mushegian, drowned in Puerto Rico after being dragged out to sea by currents.

Was Vyacheslav Taran Linked to Russian Foreign Intelligence Service and Money laundering via Crypto ?

According to media reports , Taran could be a specialist spy of Russian foreign intelligence and was responsible for laundering Russian funds through a system of cryptocurrency operations.

Well-known Ukrainian political scientist Taras Berezovets suggested that one cannot exclude the version according to which Taran “faked his own death in order to continue a new life from scratch.”

This was picked up by various Media houses worldwide.

This claim was denied by his wife Olga Taran, founder of Hello Monaco media who described the allegations against him as “outrageous” and “an absolute and utter lie”. She also pointed out that Vyacheslav left Russia in 2008, and supported Ukrainian charities since 2014.

The Taran family issued a statement on Thursday, 1 December 2022 addressing the false accusations that Vyacheslav Taran had connections to Russian intelligence, or that there was anything sinister about the helicopter crash.

She also pointed out that Vyacheslav left Russia in 2008, and supported Ukrainian charities since 2014.

As you know, Viacheslav Taran died in a tragic helicopter crash last week. I have lost a loving husband and a father of three of our children. It is intolerably painful for me to realize that we will never see him again. But, it is even more difficult to stay silent when someone is spreading lies about my beloved Viacheslav.

The Ukrainian news website UNIAN.net published a story that my husband allegedly was a billionaire and was involved in money laundering for Russian elites and on top of that they claimed him to be a Russian spy. All of this is outrageous and manifests an absolute and utter lie. My husband never had any connections to the Russian government or any political affiliations. He left Russia to pursue and focus on his business interests back in 2008.

Moreover, since 2014 my late husband has constantly supported charitable foundation Changeonelife.ua and since the very first days, when the war broke down, Viacheslav with his friends created Pristaniste.me a charitable foundation for Ukrainian refugees in Montenegro which accepted first refugees on 5th of March, 2022 and still is actively helping the Ukrainians in need.

This attack is unfair to Viacheslav who always actively supported supported Ukrainian people through his charity foundations, especially children who lost their parents.

Furthermore, I urge all Western journalists who cite UNIAN.net to stop spreading the lies (Will Steward and Rachael Bunyan from Daily Mail, Aliki Kraterou from The Sun). My children have already been bullied because of these accusations and I am concerned for their safety.

I understand that you do not know Viacheslav personally and reading these cynical articles one may consider them to be true, but everyone who knows Viacheslav, including the entire Monaco community knows it to be an absolute lie.

Please do not tarnish his good name and memory. We still have not received Viacheslav’s body due to the investigation and each day brings unbearable pain.

Olga Taran

Olga Taran later issued another statement, refuting that her husband’s death was anything “mysterious”, or related to the recent deaths of crypto entrepreneurs like Tiantian Kullander and Nikolai Mushegian.

She pointed out that cryptocurrency was simply one of the markets he invested in, and that he was not a “crypto billionaire” because he invested more into blockchain and cryptocurrency than he ever got out of it.

Following the tragic death of Vyacheslav Taran, a devoted husband and loving father of three, we have been greatly distressed by the publication of false and inaccurate information that has tarnished his name and we would like to set the record straight.

Vyacheslav Taran was a successful businessman and serial entrepreneur, who was also an investor in various fintech startups, including some that worked with cryptocurrencies. He was definitely not a “crypto billionaire” and one might argue that he invested more in blockchain and crypto technology than he ever got out of it.

We categorically deny that he was involved in any way with the Russian Intelligence services or the Russian government in any capacity and we also categorically deny that he was involved in money laundering for Russian “elites” or in any other illegal activity. These are completely unfounded fabrications and outright lies, which have compounded our grief at this very difficult time.

Vyacheslav Taran was born in Russia but had lived and worked overseas since 2008, before settling in Monaco with his family more than a decade ago.

The circumstances surrounding the accident are still being investigated, mainly because of the nature of the accident. It is obviously a lengthy process, as is any investigation into accidents involving any type of aircraft. There is nothing “mysterious” about it and everyone should wait until the investigation is fully completed before jumping to conclusions or speculating about crazy conspiracy theories. We fully support the authorities in their investigation and eagerly await their findings being made public in due course.

Our beloved Vyacheslav was also a great philanthropist, having contributed to numerous charity organisations and was the co-founder of the Change One Life Foundation, which to this day has helped more than 30,000 orphaned children find families and live fulfilling lives.

Above all, he was a loyal and supportive friend, husband and father and we would politely request that his memory is not dishonoured by false information or baseless speculation.

In memory of

In Memory Of Viacheslav Taran

In memory of Viacheslav Taran, a website was created where everyone can leave a note with their stories, memories, kind words, share their photos.

Russian Oligarchs Deaths in 2022 ( Till October 2022)

Leonid Shulman

Leonid Shulman , a top executive for the Russian state-owned energy company Gazprom, was found dead of a reported suicide in a cottage in the village of Leninsky on Jan. 30 , 2022

Igor Nosov

The CEO of the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, Igor Nosov, died on 8 Feb 2022.

Alexander Tyulakov 

Alexander Tyulakov , another top executive for Gazprom, was found dead on 25 February 2022 in a garage.

Mikhail Watford 

Ukraine-born oligarch Mikhail Watford was found dead on 28 February 2022 , three days after Tyulakov at his home in England.

Vasily Melnikov

On March 24 ,2022, Russian media reported that billionaire Vasily Melnikov, who owned the medical supply company MedStom , his wife, and their two sons were found dead in their luxury apartment in Nizhny Novgorod. They had all been stabbed, and the murder weapons Knifes were found at the scene.

Vladislav Avayev 

Vladislav Avayev, the former vice president of Gazprombank, one of the largest banks in Russia, which has ties to the energy industry, was found dead in his apartment in Moscow along with his wife and daughter on April 18. 

Sergey Protosenya 

Sergei Protosenya, a former deputy chairman of Novatek, a Russian natural gas firm, was found hanged while his wife and daughter were found stabbed to death at a villa in Spain on 19 April 2022.

Andrei Krukovsky

Andrei Krukovsky, the director of the Gazprom-owned Krasnaya Polyana ski resort, mysteriously fell off a cliff while hiking and died in May 2022.

Alexander Subbotin 

Former top Lukoil executive Alexander Subbotin was found dead in 8 May 2022 in the basement of a house near Moscow.

Yuri Voronov

Yuri Voronov, a 61-year-old Russian business executive having ties with Gazprom was found dead in his swimming pool with a gunshot wound to the head in Leningrad region at around 2 p.m on 4 July 2022.

Dan Rapoport

Dan Rapoport, a Latvia-born American businessman was found dead in front of a luxury apartment building by the D.C. Metro Police Department on 14 August 2022 .

Ravil Maganov

The chairman of the board of Russia’s largest private oil company LUKoil Ravil Maganov, 67, died on 1 Sept 2022 after falling from from the sixth-floor window of the Moscow ‘s Central Clinical Hospital. The hospital is also known as the Kremlin Clinic for its treatment of patients from Russia’s political and business elite. Ravil was reportedly hospitalized for heart problems and depression.

Ivan Pechorin

Ivan Pechorin ,managing director of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation,  died on Sept 10 ,2022 , after he fell from his boat in the waters off Russky Island near Cape Ignatiev in the Sea of Japan.

Vladimir Sungorkin

Komsomolskaya Pravda editor-in-chief Vladimir Sungorkin, a prominent figure in the Russian media landscape, has died in mysterious circumstances on a business trip on 14 Sept 2022. 

Anatoly Gerashchenko

Russian aviation expert Anatoly Gerashchenko, who worked as the head of the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), has died after falling down the stairs. Gerashchenko is said to have slipped and tumbled down the stairs to his death.

Pavel Pchelnikov

Pavel Pchelnikov [ Павел Пчельников ] , the head of communications at Russian Railways subsidiary Digital Logistics, wasfound dead on his balcony by gunshot wound in the green Kolomenskaya Embankment neighbourhood of Moscow on Wednesday morning 28 September 2022. 

Nikolai Petrunin

State Duma deputy from the Tula region Nikolai Petrunin died on 12 October 2022 . He had been in a coma for a month with complications linked to severe Covid

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