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A supervisor of the Exmo Bitcoin trade has been kidnapped in Ukraine.

In accordance with Russian and Ukrainian media studies Pavel Lerner, 40, was kidnapped whereas leaving his workplace in Kiev’s Obolon district on 26 December.

The studies mentioned he was dragged right into a black Mercedes-Benz by males carrying balaclavas.

Police in Kiev confirmed to the BBC man had been kidnapped on the day in query, however wouldn’t affirm his id.

A spokeswoman mentioned that the matter was at the moment beneath investigation, and that extra data can be made public in a while.

Mr Lerner is a outstanding Russian blockchain knowledgeable and the information of his kidnapping has shocked many within the worldwide cryptocurrency group.

Exmo described him as an analytics supervisor.

Blockchain is the know-how that underpins the digital foreign money Bitcoin.

Exmo Finance is registered with Firms Home within the UK, however has its foremost operations in Ukraine.

In accordance with its web site, it has 94,955 energetic customers buying and selling cryptocurrencies.

Individually, Exmo mentioned in a tweet that it been the goal of a cyber assault on Thursday.

Exmo spokesman Anatoliy Larin advised the BBC: “We’re doing every part potential to hurry up the seek for Pavel Lerner.

“Regardless of the state of affairs the trade is working as ordinary. We additionally need to stress that nature of Pavel’s job at Exmo does not assume entry both to storages or any private knowledge of customers. All customers’ funds are completely protected.”