Horrible news out of Kiev Ukraine today as we are learning that Pavel Lerner has been kidnapped. Lerner, a 40-year-old Russian IT specialist and managing director of Exmo (one of UK’s largest Bitcoin exchanges) has been taken against his will. He was seen being dragged into a black Mercedes by an unknown person in dark clothing. Lerner hasn’t responded to phone calls or texts since December 26th, according to Ukrainian media.
Lerner has had a huge influence on the Ukraine crypto community since the early days as he has been involved in mining and exchange startups. While it cannot be confirmed that he is being kidnapped because of his early involvement in bitcoin it can be assumed the kidnappers are going after his money.
We will continue to follow this story and will update accordingly. Everyone stay safe and please remember to not talk about your exact quantity of holdings and true identity with strangers.