- The founder of Forex Club and Libertex, Vyacheslav Taran, dies in a helicopter crash over Monaco
- The passenger on the helicopter ride is canceled at the last minute
- This is the third death of a wealthy cryptocurrency leader, as Tiantian Colander died in his sleep just days ago.
Vyacheslav Taran, a 53-year-old Russian billionaire and co-founder of the trading platform Forex Club and Libertex, has died after a helicopter crashed over Monaco.
Taran with his wife Olga and daughter Katya (centre). Source: Hellomonaco
The billionaire made his fortune founding these companies, and was “dedicated to giving back to the community.” Libertex offers a range of trading products and services, but notably offers “commission-free” trading on all cryptocurrencies and crypto-based CFDs. Referred to as a ‘well-respected businessman’ in a statement provided by Libertex Group, his death came early, to say the least – this is the third death of a high-profile crypto leader this month.
Taran had been traveling from Lausanne in Switzerland to Monaco, where he had lived for more than 10 years. The pilot, allegedly very experienced, also died as the plane crashed over Monaco in what was said to be “fine weather”.
Taran’s passengers on the helicopter trip are mysteriously canceled at the last minute. This has led to speculation not only from the cryptocurrency community, but even from mainstream news readers who find the news suspicious. Comment sections online are full of theories.
Daily Mail readers start asking questions in the comments section. Source: Daily Mail
The Ukrainian publication UNIAN, in what appears to be a now-deleted article, reported that Taran had “possible ties to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service” and that he was “laundering money through a system of cryptocurrency operations.” However, there is no evidence for this, and a statement from Taran’s wife Olga reads:
“Vyacheslav, together with his friends, created Pristaniste.me, a charity for Ukrainian refugees… Vyacheslav has always actively supported the Ukrainian people through his charitable foundations. I urge all Western journalists who cite UNIAN.net to stop spreading lies. My children have already been bullied because of these accusations I am concerned for their safety.” This comes after the deaths of two suspected crypto leaders this month. The first was Nikolai Mushegian who co-founded MakerDAO, the system that enables the generation of the $DAI cryptocurrency, a decentralized stablecoin pegged to the dollar.
Mushegian died from drowning at sea during a beach picnic, just four hours after he tweeted that secret services were going to kill him.
Tiantian Colander was the second high-profile death. He appears to have died in his sleep on November 23 at the age of 30. Colander originally founded the Amber Group, a “billion-dollar fintech unicorn.”
All three of these crypto business leaders were either billionaires or millionaires, and they were all important contributors to the digital currency industry as we know it today.
While we await an investigation into these deaths, readers can only speculate.
on the flip side
- MakerDAO, co-founded by the now-deceased Musheigan (the first high-profile crypto death this month), has rejected proposals to invest in bonds, preferring instead to focus on increasing DAI’s dollar rewards.
Why should you bother
The deaths of notable crypto leaders are always a cause for concern. While it may not affect the markets directly, there can still be broader ramifications. With so many high-profile deaths, public trust in the cryptocurrency industry could wane – especially since it is surrounded by intrigue and controversies.
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