Former chief of Russia’s WEX crypto exchange arrested in Poland. The former head of the largest Russian cryptocurrency exchange WEX, Dmitry Vasiliev, was arrested in Warsaw. The Poland newspaper Wyborcza reported this.
According to the newspaper, Vasiliev’s detention was in mid-August, at the Warsaw airport. But this became known only now. “The ex-head of the WEX cryptocurrency exchange, Dmitry Vasiliev, from whose accounts $450 million disappeared, is sitting in a Warsaw pre-trial detention center,” the publication says.
The newspaper claims that the management of the WEX exchange is responsible for the disappearance of the money. Money that belonged to investors from the European Union, including Poland, as well as other countries around the world.
Extradition to Kazakhstan
According to Wyborcza, the Warsaw District Court decided to temporarily arrest Dmitry for 40 days. Kazakhstan has sent a request for his extradition. Thus, now the Polish prosecutor’s office is considering the issue of Vasiliev’s extradition to Kazakhstan.
Rumors about the detention of Vasiliev have been spreading among former clients of the WEX exchange since the end of August. A close acquaintance of Vasiliev confirmed to the BBC that he is indeed under arrest in Warsaw.
In addition, the press service of the Polish police, responding to a question about the arrest of Vasiliev, said that they could not disclose information.
World Exchange Services
The WEX exchange (a legal entity – the Singapore company World Exchange Services) is the heiress of one of the largest crypto platforms in the world, BTC-e. The platform collapsed after the arrest of its co-founder a Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik in Greece in 2017.
Later, Dmitry Vasiliev became the next CEO of the exchange. Vinnik is currently serving a five-year prison sentence in France for money laundering.
In the fall of 2018, according to a BBC investigation, Vasiliev sold WEX to the daughter of Crimean entrepreneur Dmitry Khavchenko. Kravchenko was an active participant in the armed conflict in the Donbas and close to Alexander Borodai.