Q&A: How to Disappear in the Internet Age

Moscow Times By Alexey Eremenko

Ever wanted to just vanish, to abandon everything and start your life from scratch? Well, there is a man who can make that happen — though he charges eight times the average annual salary in Russia.

Since 2001, the New York-born Frank Ahearn has been making a living helping people who need to disappear or conceal some part of their lives — a pretty tall order in a globalized, digitalized world.

The list includes plenty of Russian clients, said Ahearn, who describes himself as “a privacy expert who disappears people who have extreme privacy needs.”

The description may evoke visions of mobsters dreaming of a peaceful retirement or accountants on the run with corporate fortunes, but Ahearn insists his job is not to aid and abet criminals.



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