Ukrainian Crypto Exchange Founder Is In Banks’ "Black List"
Some Ukrainian banks stopped servicing the accounts of Michael Chobanian, Kuna crypto exchange founder, as he was in the list of undesirable persons. The entrepreneur reported this on his Facebook account.
In the spring, the president of Kuna decided to transfer money to his Alfa Bank debit card, but the financial institution denied this service. Later, the employees of the bank informed that he was in the register of undesirable persons, offered to withdraw all funds and close the account. The same happened in Crédit Agricole, according to Chobanian.
In the end, it turned out that the head of the crypto exchange is considered a person involved in a criminal case related to the theft of funds through ATMs and their subsequent cashing. The investigation began on the application of the First Ukrainian International Bank (FUIB) and the Ukrainian Interbank Payment Systems Member Association EMA. However, Chobanian did not receive a summons, and nobody interrogated him.
In June, the president of Kuna sent a letter to the head of FUIB explaining his vision of the situation. Michael Chobanian was listed in the bank's database as an ordinary customer without any negative notes regarding him. The management of the financial institution has not yet responded to the letter but promised to clarify the situation.
Three years ago, law enforcement officials searched Chobanian’s apartment when a criminal case was initiated against him because of suspicion of illegal operations with cryptocurrency.
Previously, Michael Chobanian reported on the work of the Kuna exchange, the listing of which includes bitcoin, ether, Litecoin, and Dash, and the main trading pair is bitcoin and hryvnia.