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CEO of Major UK-Based Cryptocurrency Exchange Kidnapped in Ukraine

There were many kidnapping throughout time some for money other for some other reasons like Helen of Troy and John Paul Getty III. Now one of our fellow human beings is taken away. Let’s pray and hope that his case will be investigated by best detective and negotiator.

Pavel Lerner, a prominent Russian blockchain expert and known managing director of one of the major crypto exchanges EXMO, has allegedly been kidnapped by unknown crooks in the Ukranian capital of Kiev.

Regarding Ukraine based web publication Strana, Lerner, 40-year-old citizen of Russia, was kidnapped on December 26 when he was departing his office in the heart of town (located on the Stepan Bandera Avenue).

Unknown kidnappers in dark clothes and balaclavas dragged Lerner in their dark shaded Mercedes-Benz Vito brand (state number AA 2063 MT) car and drove away in an unknown direction. The given information originates from an anonymous source in Ukrainian police agencies, though multiple investigations are currently underway to find out why and by whom Lerner was kidnapped.

Lerner can be an established IT specialist in Ukraine who led a lot of startups related to blockchain technology development and mining procedures. Lerner is the managing director of EXMO also, a major UK-based cryptocurrency exchange founded in 2013 and well known with Russians for accepting ruble payment. Law enforcers in Kiev have begun an investigation and are currently conducting search operation, working all possible leads in the case which is described as the kidnapping.

EXMO’s representatives confirmed press reports in a declaration to a local crypto journal BitNovosti and appealed for any information that could lead to the finding of Lerner. The business representatives also assured its customers that EXMO functions were not suffering from the incident which Lerner didn’t have direct access to any cryptocurrency account or other personal data.

“We are doing everything possible to increase the search for Pavel Lerner. Any given information regarding his whereabouts is very much appreciated,” PR-department of EXMO said.

“Regardless of the situation, the exchange is working as usual. We also want to stress that character of Pavel’s job at EXMO doesn’t suppose access either to storages or any personal data of users. All users’ money is safe absolutely.”

Lerner case has been regarded as just one more case involving a Russian national with cryptocurrency background.

In July this year, Alexander Vinnik, a 38-year-old Russian operator and citizen of cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e, was detained in North Greece at the ask of US law enforcement authorities. In October Vinnik was extradite to America by the order of Greece court.

The US authorities accused Vinnik of crimes related to the hack of Mt. Gox, which was turned off in 2014 carrying out a massive series of incomprehensible robberies, which totalled at least $375 million in Bitcoin.

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