Bitcoin exchange Exmo says that it has made contact with Pavel Lerner, a senior leader at the company who was kidnapped on Dec. 26 as he left work in Kiev, Ukraine.

Following his abduction, Exmo’s website suffered a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Dec. 28, affecting trading temporarily.

In a statement provided to Quartz today (Dec. 29), a spokesperson said that after three days of no contact, Exmo “managed to get a hold of” Lerner, who is said to be “safe, and there was no physical harm inflicted on him,” before adding, that he “is currently in a state of major stress.” The company did not respond to further comment on Lerner’s whereabouts. Here is the full statement from Exmo: With the recent events in mind, EXMO Cryptocurrency Platform is releasing the official statement on the abduction of Pavel Lerner.

Pavel holds a role of a leading analyst at EXMO, and is a blockchain expert who leads an array of personal blockchain startup projects not related to the operations of the EXMO platform. On December 26, Pavel was captured by a group of unknown masked people, and all the connection with him ceased for several days.

On December 29, we managed to get a hold of Pavel. At the moment, he is safe, and there was no physical harm inflicted on him. Read more from…

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