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Kidnapped Exmo Bitcoin exchange manager Pavel Lerner was freed by his abductors in Ukraine on Friday. Follow the story here.

Exmo confirmed that their employee is safe and “there was no physical harm inflicted on him”.

Pavel Lerner, a leadiny crypto analyst in the company was kidnapped on 26 December while leaving his office in Kiev’s Obolon district. This kidnapping happened right before a DDOS attack on EXMO.

Exmo said: “Pavel is currently in a state of major stress, therefore, he will not provide any official comments in the coming days.

“The case is currently under investigation of the state security authorities.”

Exmo confirmed that Mr Lerner was kidnapped by “a group of unknown masked people”. Russian and Ukrainian media reports said he was dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by men wearing balaclavas.

Read the full statement from EXMO here:

With the recent events in mind, EXMO Cryptocurrency Platform is releasing the official statement on the abduction of Pavel Lerner. Pavel holds a role of a leading analyst at EXMO, and is a blockchain expert who leads an array of personal blockchain startup projects not related to the operations of the EXMO platform.

On December 26, Pavel was captured by a group of unknown masked people, and all the connection with him ceased for several days. On December 29, we managed to get a hold of Pavel. At the moment, he is safe, and there was no physical harm inflicted on him. Nevertheless, Pavel is currently in a state of major stress, therefore, he will not provide any official comments in the coming days. The case is currently under investigation of the state security authorities.

We would like to note that the story of Pavel’s abduction has overgrown with rumors that might tamper with the official investigation. That said, EXMO currently refrains from any comments or suggestions of own versions of the possible scenario, until the end of the investigation.

We would also like to point out that Pavel’s activity at EXMO did not involve any access to financial assets of our users. Despite the aforementioned, the platform continues its usual operations. EXMO team is deeply grateful to the cryptocurrency community and the media for their active support. We promise to timely provide any updates on the situation.

 

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