Another Mysterious Crypto Death: Russian Billionaire Dies in Monaco Helicopter Crash
- Forex Club and Libertex founder Vyacheslav Taran dies in helicopter crash over Monaco
- The passenger for the helicopter flight canceled at the last minute
- This is the third recent death of wealthy crypto leaders, with Tiantian Kullander dying in his sleep just days ago.
Vyacheslav Taran, a 53-year-old Russian billionaire and co-founder of trading platforms Forex Club and Libertex, has died after a helicopter crash over Monaco.
Taran with his wife Olga and daughter Katya (centre). Source: Hellomonaco
The billionaire made his fortune starting these companies and was “committed to the community.” Libertex offers a range of trading products and services, but in particular offers “commission-free” trading on all cryptocurrencies and crypto-based CFDs. Dubbed a “highly respected businessman” in a statement by Libertex Group, his death is premature, to say the least — this marks the third death of a high-profile crypto leader this month.
Taran traveled from Lausanne, Switzerland to Monaco, where he has lived for over 10 years. The allegedly experienced pilot also died in the crash over Monaco in allegedly “good weather”.
Taran’s passenger for the helicopter flight was mysteriously canceled at the last minute. This has led to speculation not only from the crypto community but even from mainstream news readers who find the news suspicious. Comment sections on the internet are full of theories.
Daily Mail readers start asking questions in the comments section. Source: Daily Mail
Ukrainian publication UNIAN, in what appears to have been a since-deleted article, reported that Taran “probably has ties to Russian foreign intelligence” and that he “launders funds through a system of cryptocurrency operations.” However, there is no proof of this, and a statement released by Taran’s wife Olga said:
“Vyacheslav founded Pristaniste.me with his friends, a charitable foundation for Ukrainian refugees… Vyacheslav has always actively supported the Ukrainian people through his charitable foundations. I urge all Western journalists who quote UNIAN.net to stop spreading lies. My children have already been bullied over these allegations and I am concerned for their safety.” This comes after two more suspicious crypto leader deaths this month. The first was Nikolai Mushegian, who co-founded MakerDAO, the system enabling generation of the cryptocurrency $DAI, a decentralized stablecoin pegged to the dollar.
Mushegian died in the sea during a walk on the beach just four hours after tweeting that intelligence agencies were going to kill him.
Tiantian Kullander was the second high-profile death. He apparently died in his sleep on November 23 at the age of just 30. Kullander originally founded the Amber Group, a “multi-billion fintech unicorn.”
All three of these crypto executives were either billionaires or multi-millionaires, and they all made significant contributions to the cryptocurrency industry as we know it today.
While we await the investigation into these deaths, readers can only speculate.
On the flip side
- MakerDAO, co-founded by the late Musheigan (the first high-profile crypto tote this month), has dismissed proposals to invest in bonds, instead focusing on increasing $DAI rewards.
Why you should care
Notable crypto leader deaths are always a cause for concern. While they may not impact markets directly, there are wider implications. As several high-profile deaths emerge, public confidence in the cryptocurrency industry may wane — especially since it’s surrounded by conspiracies and controversy.
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