Libertex crypto exchange head Vyacheslav Taran dies in helicopter crash in France

Russian billionaire Vyacheslav Taran, president of Libertex Group and founding father of Forex Club, died Nov. 25 in a helicopter crash in France whereas en route from Lausanne to Monaco, Switzerland. He was 53. The helicopter pilot, the one different individual aboard the craft, additionally died.

Libertex has confirmed Taran’s dying, stating:

“It is with nice disappointment that Libertex Group confirms the dying of its co-founder and Chairman of Board of Directors, Vyacheslav Taran, after a helicopter crash that came about en path to Monaco on Friday, 25 November 2022.”

Taran, who was educated as a radio engineer, based the overseas exchange buying and selling platform Forex Club in Russia in 1997. Forex Club turned one of many three main exchanges in the nation earlier than the Russian Central Bank closed it and numerous different exchanges in December 2018 for irregularities in their registrations. Forex Club Group continues to function in greater than 100 different nations.

The Libertex buying and selling platform was established in 2012 as a part of the Forex Club Group and registered in Cyprus. It affords a variety of economic merchandise, together with cryptocurrency buying and selling and “in-app crypto mining software program” and is a sponsor of Bayern Munich soccer membership. According to Russian media, Taran was associated with the YouHodler pockets and Wirex app and card, in addition to a number of different funding and actual property corporations.

Taran was additionally the founding father of the Change One Life charitable basis, which gives help to Russian orphans and adoptive households.

Taran is the third crypto govt to die unexpectedly in current weeks. Amber Group cofounder Tiantian Kullander (TT) died Nov. 23 in his sleep on the age of 30, and MakerDAO cofounder Nikolai Mushegian drowned in Puerto Rico Oct. 28 on the age of 29. Taran can be the newest in an extended string of Russian businessmen to die underneath varied circumstances.

Taran’s dying has led to some hypothesis in the press. The helicopter accident that claimed Taran’s life in underneath investigation; It came about in good climate circumstances with an skilled pilot. According to France Bleu, a second passenger was booked for the flight however cancelled on the final minute.

The Ukrainian new company Unian alleged, “According to press accounts, Taran was a employees specialist of Russian overseas intelligence and was liable for laundering Russian Federation funds by a system of cryptocurrency operations.” Unian didn’t present hyperlinks to these media. It acknowledged his internet price at $20.2 billion.

Taran is survived by his spouse Olga and three kids, together with an adopted son.