A Ukrainian non-governmental organization (NGO) has apparently hacked the e-mail account of Dmitry Khavchenko, the owner of WEX, a crypto exchange that many think is BTC-e in all but name.
Khavchenko bought WEX during the second half of 2018, telling the Russian branch of the BBC:
“My idea is to make Wex a platform for funding the unrecognized republics [of DNR, LNR, Transnistria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia]. Our goal is fighting the dominance of the dollar.”
According to a Ukrainian paper, Khavchenko was born in Crimea and later had a business in Kyiv, Ukrain’s capital.
In 2014, he apparently helped the Russian occupation forces in Crimea and later joined the pro-Russian forces in the Donbas.
There, the NGO Myrotvorets claims, he was one of the pro-Russian militants who handed over the black boxes of Malaysian flight MH17, shot down over the occupied territory of the East-Ukrainian region on 17 July 2014, to Malaysian experts.
In 2015-2016, Khavchenko served as “an officer of the special operation department of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) prosecutor general’s office, they say.
Myrotvorets appears to be a partizan organization that publicized in 2006 the personal data of some 4,508 journalists and other media members from all over the world who had worked (or had received accreditation to work) on the war in the uncontrolled government territory of Donbass, and therefore were considered by the site to have cooperated with terrorists.
Myrotvorets has now published the email inbox of Khavchenko going back 10 years. Head of the “Union of Donbas Volunteers” (SDV) Alexandr Boroday has confirmed that Khavchenko’s email box was hacked with the veracity of these emails apparently confirmed.
In particular, the email address firstname.lastname@example.org is apparently confirmed to belong to Andrey Pinchuk. The Jamestown Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based institute founded in 1984 as a platform to support Soviet defectors, says of Pinchuk:
“Andrey Pinchuk, served as the initial ‘minister of state security’ of the Moscow-backed self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), from July 2014 through February 2015, and is one of the founders of the Donbas Volunteers Union.
Pinchuk previously worked for the ‘security ministry’of the separatist Moldovan region of Transnistria. And after his high-level role in separatist Donetsk, he headed Rostec Corporation’s Security Department in Moscow.
Pinchuk personally asserts that he has retired from the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), although Myrotvorets refers to him as an ‘undercover FSB officer.'”
Myrotvorets says Pinchuk ordered Khavchenko to hand over money to representatives of Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskyi. The smoking gun is contained in the following two e-mails which are translated into English by the Ukrainian paper.
The comedian referred to in the email is suggested as being Volodymyr Zelensky, a Ukrainian politician, comedian, screenwriter and actor as well as one of the leading candidate in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election.
Zelensky appears to be in favor of Nato and of European integration, proposing a referendum on the matter. He has also stated as President he would try to end the ongoing War in Donbass by negotiating with Russia.
That would presumably benefit Russia, so they’re allegedly funding his candidacy through the crypto exchange WEX, which usually has a significant premium for bitcoin and all other cryptos but the exchange appears to be down right now with CoinMarketCap stating WEX has disabled bitcoin withdrawals.