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Widow of Russian killed in helicopter crash says he was involved in charity helping Ukrainians

The heartbroken widow of a Russian cryptocurrency tycoon who was killed in a helicopter crash close to Monaco has at this time revealed he was involved in charities helping Ukrainians fleeing the warfare earlier than he died.

Olga Taran stated she was ‘devastated’ after her husband Vyacheslav Taran, 53, died in the tragic accident close to the resort city of Villefranche-sur-Mer on Friday.

Olga, the founder of Hello Monaco media, categorically denied claims made in Ukrainian media that Vyacheslav had ties to Russian international intelligence, describing them as ‘an absolute and utter lie’.

The mother-of-three stated that her husband – fondly generally known as Slava by his household – ‘at all times supported Ukraine’, with the Russian businessman establishing a charity for Ukrainian refugees in Montenegro who had fled their war-ravaged nation.

Olga Taran stated she was ‘devastated’ after her husband Vyacheslav Taran, 53, died in a helicopter crash close to the resort city of Villefranche-sur-Mer on Friday

Olga said: 'It is painful to realise that I will never see my dear husband again and my children their daddy.' Pictured: Vyacheslav and Olga with their three children

Olga stated: ‘It is painful to understand that I’ll by no means see my pricey husband once more and my kids their daddy.’ Pictured: Vyacheslav and Olga with their three kids

Paying tribute to Vyacheslav, Olga stated: ‘We are devastated. We have lost our loving husband and a father of three kids. 

‘It is painful to understand that I’ll by no means see my pricey husband once more and my kids their daddy.’

She added that her household have nonetheless not obtained Vyacheslav’s physique as a result of detectives in France are nonetheless investigating the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash. ‘Each day is full of ache,’ Olga stated.

Since the crash that killed Vyacheslav occurred in good, clear climate – and after one other passenger reportedly cancelled final minute – thriller now surrounds the tycoon’s dying.

Vyacheslav, the co-founder of buying and selling and funding platform Libertex and Forex Club who has lived in Monaco for the previous ten years, was flying from Lausanne in Switzerland with an skilled pilot in a single-engine H130 helicopter when it crashed at round 1pm on November 25.

A 35-year-old French pilot was additionally killed.

The deputy public prosecutor of Nice, who visited the scene, stated the fault of a 3rd get together couldn’t be dominated out. A proper investigation has been launched into the helicopter crash by the French authorities and Airbus, makers of the H130.

Another unidentified passenger had been as a consequence of be a part of Vyacheslav on the flight, however they cancelled final minute, based on native media.

She added that her family have still not received Vyacheslav's body because detectives in France are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash. 'Each day is full of pain,' Olga said. Pictured: Rescue workers at the scene of the helicopter crash

She added that her household have nonetheless not obtained Vyacheslav’s physique as a result of detectives in France are nonetheless investigating the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash. ‘Each day is full of ache,’ Olga stated. Pictured: Rescue staff on the scene of the helicopter crash 

Entrepreneur Vyacheslav Taran, 53, died after the helicopter plunged near the resort town of Villefranche-sur-Mer after taking off from Lausanne in Switzerland

Entrepreneur Vyacheslav Taran, 53, died after the helicopter plunged close to the resort city of Villefranche-sur-Mer after taking off from Lausanne in Switzerland

Vyacheslav’s household stated that whereas the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash are nonetheless being investigated, ‘there’s nothing “mysterious” about it’. 

They added: ‘Everyone ought to wait till the investigation is absolutely accomplished earlier than leaping to conclusions or speculating about loopy conspiracy theories. We absolutely assist the authorities in their investigation and eagerly await their findings being made public in due course.’

Earlier, Ukrainian information company UNIAN claimed, with out citing any proof, that Vyacheslav was a ‘billionaire crypto businessman with doubtless ties to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service’. 

But Olga has since categorically denied these claims. ‘All of that is outrageous and manifests an absolute and utter lie,’ she stated. 

‘My husband by no means had any connections to the Russian authorities or any political affiliations. He left Russia to pursue and give attention to his business pursuits again in 2008.’

She added that, removed from being a Russian spy, he supported Ukraine and ‘helped every time he might’.

Olga stated Vyacheslav supported the Ukrainian charitable basis Change One Life, which has helped hundreds of kids in Ukraine discover new dad and mom since 2014. 

‘As he typically informed me, it was one of crucial issues he did in his life,’ Olga stated. 

When Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February, Olga stated her husband created the charitable organisation Pristaniste.me, which helps Ukrainian refugees in Montenegro who’ve fled the warfare. 

Olga (pictured) said Vyacheslav supported the Ukrainian charitable foundation Change One Life, which has helped thousands of children in Ukraine find new parents since 2014

Olga (pictured) stated Vyacheslav supported the Ukrainian charitable basis Change One Life, which has helped hundreds of kids in Ukraine discover new dad and mom since 2014

Speaking in regards to the unfounded allegations made by Ukrainian information company UNIAN that Vyacheslav had hyperlinks to Russia, Olga stated: ‘This assault is unfair to Vyacheslav who at all times actively supported Ukrainian individuals by means of his charity foundations, particularly kids who lost their dad and mom.

‘Everyone who is aware of Viacheslav, together with all the Monaco neighborhood is aware of it to be an absolute lie.

‘I urge you, please, don’t tarnish Slava’s good title. He was an excellent individual.’ 

Vyacheslav’s household stated in a further assertion: ‘We categorically deny that he was involved in any manner with the Russian intelligence providers or the Russian authorities in any capability and we additionally categorically deny that he was involved in money laundering for Russian “elites” or in another criminal activity.

‘These are fully unfounded fabrications and outright lies, which have compounded our grief at this very tough time.’

They added: ‘Above all, Vyacheslav was additionally a loyal and supportive good friend, husband and father and we’d politely request that his reminiscence will not be dishonoured by false info or baseless hypothesis.’

Vyacheslav is the third cryptocurrency entrepreneur to die unexpectedly in the previous few weeks.  

Tiantian Kullander, 30, died ‘in his sleep’ final week, whereas fellow crypto millionaire Nikolai Mushegian, 29, drowned on a Puerto Rico seashore  after tweeting that he feared the CIA and Mossad had been going to homicide him. 

A quantity of Russian businessmen have additionally died in mysterious circumstances because the begin of Russia’s warfare in Ukraine. 

Earlier this month, Viktor Cherkesov, 72, a detailed KGB spy and mentor of Vladimir Putin who was demoted after publicly criticising the Kremlin chief, died from an unexplained ‘severe illness’.

Recent deaths additionally embrace Ivan Pechorin, 39, director of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, who ‘fell overboard’ from his yacht in September. 

Pavel Pchelnikov, 52, a PR supervisor for the Russian Railways, was shot useless in his Moscow condominium the identical month, and Alexander Tyulakov, 61, a senior Gazprom govt, was discovered hanged at his home, additionally in Moscow.

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