The deal also means the end of a nasty legal spat between VK founder Pavel Durov, Mail.ru and erstwhile stakeholder UCP.
Russia’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg either has a very weird sense of humor, or he is genuinely preparing to fight censorship of the platform he founded until the bitter end.
Pavel Durov is no longer CEO of VK, saying in a resignation post on the social network that he was no longer able to defend the site’s founding principles.
The Russian-founded, Berlin-based operation offers more secure and private messaging than WhatsApp, but is it right for you?
Russian social network VKontakte has built a billion dollar business by cloning almost every aspect of Facebook for the local market. It seems a little rich, then, that founder Pavel Durov says his long-term ambition is to prove that Russian products can be global leaders.