Ukraine kidnappers free bitcoin analyst after $1 mln ransom paid

Ukraine kidnappers free bitcoin analyst after $  1 mln ransom paidBy Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) – Kidnappers in Ukraine have released an employee at a United Kingdom-registered cryptocurrency exchange after getting more than $ 1 million in bitcoins as ransom, an adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister told Reuters on Friday. Pavel Lerner, a leading analyst and blockchain expert, was abducted by unknown masked people on Dec. 26, according to a statement by his company, EXMO Finance, on its website. “This is the first such case in Ukraine linked to bitcoins,” Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, said in a phone text message.

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