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EXMO leader Pavel Lerner apparently abducted

Thursday, December 28th, 2017 | bitcoin updates

Pavel Lerner, chairman of the EXMO crypto exchange, was apparently abducted on Boxing Day in Ukraine. So he is said to have been captured shortly after leaving his Kiev office in the street and taken away. Since then, the man lacks any trace. According to consistent international media reports, the Russian citizen Pavel Lerner was violently overwhelmed and abducted on Tuesday in front of his office in Kiev. He was allegedly dragged into a black Mercedes-Benz by several men, who subsequently disappeared. The men were supposed to have worn storm masks and so could not have been identified. The Kiev police are said to have confirmed a kidnapping that day, but have not yet announced whether the abducted person is actually Pavel Lerner. Lerner, a blockchain expert known in the crypt scene, is the chairman of the Crypto Exchange EXMO Finance. An Exchange can trade Bitcoin, Dash, Ethereum and Litecoin against US Dollars, Euro, Russian Rubles, Polish Zloty and Ukrainian Hryvnia, among others. As a result, EXMO's focus is clearly on the Eastern European market, as explained by the company's headquarters in Kiev. However, the crypto exchange is officially registered in the UK. In parallel with the kidnapping of chairman Pavel Lerner, the same day they also had a distributed denial-of-server (DDoS) attack on the EXMO website to which the site and accordingly also the access of the users to the crypto exchange had cut off temporarily from the net. However, a representative of EXMO told Russian and Ukrainian media that both events would not affect daily business. For the customers and users would therefore be no difficulties. About the exact circumstances and backgrounds of the deed is still unknown. However, it is obvious that the kidnapping is related to the learner's work at EXMO. Whether the kidnappers, however, is about demanding the highest possible ransom for the EXMO boss or whether they also intend to reach him via Wallet Private Keys, can not be clarified.BTC-ECHOAbout Tobias Schmidt Tobias Schmidt has been active since August 2017 Editor in the BTC-ECHO team. He completed his studies in Politics and Economics at the University of Münster with a bachelor's degree and also worked as a student assistant during his studies. In addition, he gained professional experience in parliamentary work and strategic communication before moving to the journalistic field. Since 2017 he has devoted himself to blockchain technology, focusing in particular on the many different applications in politics, business and society. All contributions by Tobias Schmidt

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