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​Founder and CEO of Russia’s biggest social network resigns

Published time: April 01, 2014 14:31
Source: Pavel Durov’s VKontakte page

Source: Pavel Durov’s VKontakte page

Pavel Durov, the founder of the so-called "Russian Facebook" said on Tuesday he is leaving his position as the company CEO.

After my brother’s decision in the middle of last year to abandon the position of technical director, I have removed myself from the duties of chief executive of VKontakte”, wrote Durov on his web page.

As a result of the change of the VKontakte company in April 2013, the freedom of the company’s CEO was considerably reduced. It becomes more and more difficult to defend those principles which were once part of the basis of our social network,” he added.

Source: Pavel Durov’s resignation post in VKontakte

In January Pavel Durov sold his 12 percent stake in the social network. This was followed by rumours he was going to leave his post as chief executive.

Durov sold the portion of his VKontakte shares to Ivan Tavrin, the CEO of the Russian mobile network MegaFon and to the co-owner of YuTV holding.

Shortly before that almost all the founders of the site had resigned, including the vice-president Ilya Perekopsky, and brother Igor Perekopsky the company’s CFO.

On March 18 the Mail.Ru Group purchased 11.99 percent of the shares bringing it up to 51.99 percent holding and a controlling stake in the social network.

The second largest shareholder of VKontakte, the United Capital Partners (UCP) fund of Ilya Shcherbovich in the spring of 2013 took over 48 percent of shares from primary investors Vyacheslav Mirilashvili and Lev Leviyev.

Comments (13)


johnny Uppal 14.06.2014 22:45

Galerie D'aventure 02.04.2014 10:55

ro flmao! The moon. Yeah right. You're not the sharpest propagandist in the zio tool shed are ya? :)


USA first ... how true that is! First in creating Trouble in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.

Fi rst to start unrest ... first to leave after, first to fund the people who then turn aganist them.

First to claim the world should do what they want.

America ... soooo like awsome (not)


Enrique 03.04.2014 00:27

Now, Durov is busy enough with "Telegram" .


freeworldlogictwo 02.04.2014 13:57

james smith 01.04.2014 23:30

Abs olutely spot on. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to take a good hard look at themselves, as well as at other news sources which aren't controlled by the Kremlin. Why, for example, is this story so far down the main webpage? It's enormous news!


Russia just keeps pinching off any loose ends on the media market until the Kremlin dominates all shared opinions over media.

It won't be long till Russians cannot share opinions publicly that oppose the Kremlin line of what's 'correct opinions.'

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