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

Olga Taran said she was

The heartbroken widow of a Russian cryptocurrency tycoon who was killed in a helicopter crash near Monaco today revealed he was involved in charities helping Ukrainians flee war before his death.

Olga Taran said she was ‘devastated’ after her husband Vyacheslav Taran, 53, died in the tragic crash near the resort town of Villefranche-sur-Mer on Friday.

Olga, the founder of media outlet Hello Monaco, categorically denied Ukrainian media claims that Vyacheslav had ties to Russian foreign intelligence services, describing them as “a complete and utter lie”.

The mother-of-three said her husband – affectionately known as Slava by his family – “has always supported Ukraine”, with the Russian businessman setting up a charity for Ukrainian refugees in Montenegro which had fled their war-torn country.

Olga Taran said she was

Olga Taran said she was “devastated” after her husband Vyacheslav Taran, 53, died in a helicopter crash near the resort town of Villefranche-sur-Mer on Friday.

Olga said:

Olga said: “It is painful to realize that I will never see my dear husband and my children their daddy again.” In the photo: Vyacheslav and Olga with their three children

Paying tribute to Vyacheslav, Olga said: “We are devastated. We lost our loving husband and a father of three children.

“It is painful to realize that I will never see my dear husband and my children their daddy again.”

She added that her family still has not received Vyacheslav’s body as detectives in France are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash. “Every day is full of pain,” Olga said.

Since the crash that killed Vyacheslav happened on a clear day – and after another passenger allegedly canceled at the last minute – mystery now surrounds the tycoon’s death.

Vyacheslav, co-founder of trading and investment platform Libertex and Forex Club who has lived in Monaco for ten years, was flying from Lausanne to Switzerland with an experienced pilot in a single-engine H130 helicopter when he crashed around 1 p.m. November 25.

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

The deputy public prosecutor of Nice, who went to the scene, indicated that the fault of a third party could not be excluded. An official investigation has been opened into the helicopter crash by French authorities and Airbus, makers of the H130.

Another unidentified passenger was supposed to join Vyacheslav on the flight, but they canceled at the last minute, according to local media.

She added that her family still has not received Vyacheslav's body as detectives in France are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash.

She added that her family still has not received Vyacheslav’s body as detectives in France are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the helicopter crash. “Every day is full of pain,” Olga said. Pictured: Rescue workers at the scene of the helicopter crash

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

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

Earlier, Ukraine’s UNIAN news agency claimed, without citing any evidence, that Vyacheslav was a “billionaire crypto businessman with probable ties to Russia’s foreign intelligence service.”

But Olga has since categorically refuted these claims. “This is all outrageous and manifests an absolute and utter lie,” she said.

“My husband has never had any ties to the Russian government or any political affiliation. He left Russia to pursue and focus on his business interests in 2008.’

She added that, far from being a Russian spy, he supported Ukraine and “helped whenever he could”.

Olga said Vyacheslav supports Ukraine’s charity Change One Life, which has helped thousands of children in Ukraine find new parents since 2014.

“As he often told me, it was one of the most important things he did in his life,” Olga said.

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Olga said her husband started the charity Pristaniste.me, which helps Ukrainian refugees in Montenegro who fled the war.

Olga (pictured) said Vyacheslav supported Ukraine's charity Change One Life, which has helped thousands of children in Ukraine find new parents since 2014

Olga (pictured) said Vyacheslav supported Ukraine’s charity Change One Life, which has helped thousands of children in Ukraine find new parents since 2014

Speaking about Ukrainian news agency UNIAN’s unsubstantiated claims that Vyacheslav had ties to Russia, Olga said: “This attack is unfair to Vyacheslav who has always actively supported the Ukrainian people through his charitable foundations, especially children who have lost their parents.

“Everyone who knows Viacheslav, including the entire Monegasque community, knows that this is an absolute lie.

“I urge you, please, not to tarnish Slava’s reputation. He was a good person.

Viacheslav is the third cryptocurrency entrepreneur to die unexpectedly in recent weeks.

Tiantian Kullander, 30, died “in his sleep” last week, while fellow crypto millionaire Nikolai Mushegian, 29, drowned on a beach in Puerto Rico after he tweeted that he feared the CIA and the Mossad did not assassinate him.

A number of Russian businessmen have also died in mysterious circumstances since the start of the Russian war in Ukraine.

Earlier this month Viktor Cherkesov, 72, a close KGB spy and mentor to Vladimir Putin who was demoted after publicly criticizing the Kremlin chief, died of an unexplained “serious illness”.

Recent deaths also include Ivan Pechorin, 39, director of the Far East and Arctic Development Corporation, who “fell overboard” from his yacht in September.

Pavel Pchelnikov, 52, a public relations manager for Russian Railways, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment the same month, and Alexander Tyulakov, 61, a senior Gazprom executive, was found hanged in his home, also in Moscow.

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