Head of cryptoexchange EXMO kidnapped!

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Today, unfortunately, we are presenting a history that is hard to believe in.

The managing director of cryptocurrency exchange EXMO, Pavel Lerner has been kidnapped.

December 26th, 2017. It was a normal, peaceful but full of a work day for Pavel Lerner who, by the end of his working day, was leaving the office in Kiev. He and his co-workers didn’t suspect that this day isn’t like any other.

According to Strana.ua, Pavel has been kidnapped nearby his office on Stephan Bandery Street while leaving. He was dragged to a Mercedes-Benz Vito car with license plate AA 2063 MT by unknown people in dark clothes and with a balaclava on.

Mysterious disappearing of a father, husband and programmist was noticed in the afternoon on Tuesday when he didn’t answer the phone. Late in the evening, friends have decided to call the police. 

Who is Pavel Lerner?

Pavel Lerner is originally from Kursk who holds a residence permit in Poland. He is a programmist who specializes in blockchain technologies. As you can find on his LinkedIn profile, he is CEO at EXMO Finance LPP since 2012. In 2014 he moved to Spain with his family. As the company is based in England, he runs and participates in multiple startups in Ukraine.

Pavel Lerner

EXMO representatives told ForkLog (local crypto journal):

“We are doing everything possible to speed up the search of Pavel Lerner. Any information regarding his whereabouts is very much appreciated. Despite the situation, the exchange is working as usual. We also want to stress that nature of Pavel’s job at EXMO doesn’t assume access either to storages or any personal data of users. All users funds are absolutely safe.”


Presently, the police is trying to establish where and by whom Pavel has been kidnapped. So far, there wasn’t any ransom demand.

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