Russian service of BBC reported that Dmitry Hevchenko who fought in the Donbass under the Callsign “Sailor”, through his daughter acquired the Singapore company World Exchange Services, which is the operator of the cryptocurrency exchange WEX. According to the BBC, “Sailor” intends to recover the missing assets WEX, to start a “fight against the dominance of the dollar”, as well as to participate in the search for disappeared funds of the stock exchange BTC-e, the volume of which is estimated to be worth from $150 to $500 million.
The family of former entrepreneur from Kiev Dmitry Hevchenko who fought in the Donbas under the Callsign “Sailor” purchased the infamous cryptocurrency exchange WEX, formerly known as BTC-e. About it told the Agency the BBC.
According to the publication, became the new owner of Muscovite Daria, Chevchenko — 29-year-old daughter “sailor”. As told Dmitry Hevchenko to register a company on his name is not allowed by the Singapore business registry — probably due to involvement in armed conflict in the Donbass.
WEX is the successor of the exchange BTC-e, which stopped working shortly after the arrest of Alexander winnik in Greece in July 2017. He was arrested in the United States, where he is accused of laundering several billions of dollars stolen from the exchange Mt. Gox through BTC-e. Winnick denies the charges, calling himself an ordinary consultant. To date, extradition winnik require four countries, including Russia. The trial in Greece is still ongoing.
In the launch of Wex involved a “Alexey from Khabarovsk”, which is listed under the name admin. Care was provided by Dmitry Vasilyev, who was a major client of BTC-e before the crash, buying and selling cryptocurrencies in the interests of the wealthy Chinese. On it was written the official legal entity of the new exchange — Singapore World Exchange Services.
Wex returned the leading position and the end of 2017 entered the top twenty of the most popular kryptomere the world, the daily trading volume reached $80 million (data from Coinmarketcap).
This summer, according to media reports, Chevchenko already tried to purchase the stock exchange, but the deal fell through. According to two interlocutors BBC close to “Sailor”, he could be a corporate conflict with the administrator Alexey from Khabarovsk, which controls access to the wallets of the exchange. The latter was supposedly ready, and Vasiliev, to cede its share in the stock exchange, but then changed his mind.
In fact, the exchange is closed for several months, the app has actually frozen. Moreover, users have reported the illegal withdrawal of their funds by unidentified persons.
Despite the catastrophic situation of the stock exchanges, Chevchenko declares that he intends to restart Wex:
“The main task now is to recover the missing scriptactive. This will work a team of lawyers and collectors,” said he of the BBC, not excluding the possibility of recourse to law enforcement.
The specific timing of when to resume trading, Avchenko not called.
However, he said that the headquarters of the WEX will be placed in the Crimea, and the exchange will become a platform for financial support of the DNI, LC, Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia:
“Our goal is the struggle against the dominance of the dollar”, — he explained.
Another goal is to try and find the money missing after the closure of BTC-e, the so-called “treasures of winnik”. As pointed out by the BBC, one source of savings was a Commission from transactions — by estimates of the edition, creators of a platform at the peak could earn up to a quarter of a million dollars a day. Another source of steel custom tools that have not been withdrawn after the collapse of the exchange.
Evaluation means BTC-e are different. A source close to winnick, told the BBC that the speech can go about $500 million. BBC interlocutors close to the beneficiaries of the exchange, cited the figure at $150-200 million.
For cash transactions BTC-e at various times used at least 15 offshore companies in different jurisdictions, from Cyprus to the Seychelles to Belize and the British virgin Islands. The world was scattered and Bank accounts: part of the money was credited to the national investment Bank of Mongolia, it follows from the payment documents of one of the users.
Winnick’s lawyer Timothy Musatov told the BBC that after his arrest to his client was treated “different personalities”, which promised protection in exchange for “close cooperation on all issues,” including money.
The main contenders for the part of “treasures winnik” — the U.S. government. At the end of July 2017, the Bureau for combating financial crimes at the U.S. Treasury took a decision to fine the exchange for $110 million, and winnik for another $12 million for the systematic violation of the laws on combating money laundering. The justification shows that although the exchange has worked all over the world, it used both American citizens.
According to the BBC, in the government group on the search of money BTC-e for payment of the penalty included Tigran Gambaryan — special agent of the Department of criminal investigations the internal revenue Service, also subordinated to the Ministry of Finance of the United States. The special agent did not deny that investigates the activities of the exchange, but declined to comment.
The struggle for “treasures of winnik” is living in the Czech Republic, the Russian Sergey Mayzus — owner of a financial company Mayzus Financial Services (MFS).