Binance's Founder and CEO, Changpeng Zhao, recently made a significant announcement via X (formerly Twitter). He revealed the departures of key executives from the company's Russian division. In his statement, Zhao explained that some team members were taking on larger roles, some even outside of Binance.
Notably, Gleb Kostarev, who served as the head of Eastern Europe and Russia at Binance, publicly shared his departure on LinkedIn. While expressing gratitude to CEO Zhao and Binance co-founder He Yi for their time together, Kostarev disclosed his plans to explore new opportunities.
Vladimir Smerkis, the general manager responsible for Russia and CIS at Binance, also announced his departure after a two-year tenure with the company.
However, both departing executives did not provide specific reasons for their sudden exits. Smerkis, in particular, promised to provide more insight into his departure in the coming weeks.
These departures coincide with growing speculation about Binance's potential withdrawal from Russia in the wake of various sanctions imposed on the country. Following these announcements, the Russian cryptocurrency community has raised questions, primarily focused on whether Binance intends to exit Russia in the near future.
These two departures add to a recent trend of high-ranking executives leaving the company. On September 4, Mayur Kamat, who served as the head of product, confirmed his departure from the exchange. Back in July, Patric Hillman, Binance's chief strategy officer, also left the company.
Meanwhile, Binance continues to face heightened scrutiny and widespread fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). Regulatory concerns across multiple countries have left users apprehensive and unsettled.
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