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Cryptocurrency analyst kidnapped in Kyiv let go on $1 mln ransom in bitcoins

Kyiv law enforcers are conducting an investigation on the kidnapping of Lerner
09:08, 30 December 2017

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The kidnappers released Pavel Lerner, leading analyst and blockchain expert at EXMO France, for a $ 1 min bitcoin ransom,  Reuters reports sourcing Anton Herashchenko, advisor to the Interior  Minister of Ukraine.

Lerner was kidnapped on Dec. 26 by a group of masked unknown individuals. “This is the first such case in Ukraine linked to bitcoins,” Anton Herashchenko said. It’s unknown who paid the ransom for Lerner.

“At the moment, he is safe, and there was no physical harm inflicted on him,” the statement said. “Nevertheless, Pavel is currently in a state of major stress, therefore, he will not provide any official comments in the coming days,” Herashchenko noted.

The Kyiv police is investigating the crime. 

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