Ceo Russia’s largest social network after stepping on increasing state influence




The founder and director of VKontakte, the largest social network in Russia, has resigned because he can no longer maintain. Claims to be the original principles of the site The departure follows increased influence of the Kremlin on the site.

The CEO, Pavel Durov, said in his farewell message that it has become to lead. the social network increasingly difficult VKontakte has 228 million users and is especially popular in Russia and neighboring countries. The site has in the past, support for freedom of expression and a critical stance against the government show.

In April, two founding their combined share of 48 percent, however, sold to United Capital Partners, according to GigaOm led by someone who has close ties with Russian President Putin. Durov himself sold his share of 12 percent in January to the CEO of the Russian telco Megafon, which, however, the share in March sold to, that his participation in VKontakte thus saw an increase to 52 percent.

Behind both MegaFon and would again be a Putin-minded businessman sitting: Alisher Usmanov. also has controlling interests in two other major Russian social networks:. Odnoklassniki and Moi Mir Under . TechCrunch the straw that broke the camel for Durov that VKontakte pages opposition leaders in Ukraine had to close and had to hand over data on insurgents was

Durov is also involved in the messaging app Telegram. United Capital Partners claimed last year that Durov thus had little regard for VKontakte.

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