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VK (short for its original name VKontakte; ВКонта́кте, meaning InContact) is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg.wikipedia
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VK (short for its original name VKontakte; ВКонта́кте, meaning InContact) is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg.
Some of the most popular social media websites, with over 100 million registered users, include Facebook (and its associated Facebook Messenger), YouTube, WeChat, Instagram, QQ, QZone, Weibo, Twitter, Tumblr, Telegram, Baidu Tieba, LinkedIn, LINE, Snapchat, Pinterest, Viber and VK, reddit and more.

Lev Binzumovich Leviev

Lev Leviev
Initially, founder and CEO Pavel Durov owned 20% of shares (although he had majority voting power through proxy votes), and a trio of Russian-Israeli investors, Yitzchak Mirilashvili (Mikhael Mirilashvili's son) and Lev Leviev, owned 60%, 10%, and 10% respectively.
Lev Binzumovich Leviev (born June 22, 1984, Volgograd) is an Israeli-Russian entrepreneur and investor, co-founder of Russia's largest social network VK.com (originally VKontakte) and the Selectel data center network.

Yitzchak Mirilashvili

Initially, founder and CEO Pavel Durov owned 20% of shares (although he had majority voting power through proxy votes), and a trio of Russian-Israeli investors, Yitzchak Mirilashvili (Mikhael Mirilashvili's son) and Lev Leviev, owned 60%, 10%, and 10% respectively.
He is a co-founder of VK.com (Vkontakte.ru), Russia's largest social network.

Mikhael Mirilashvili

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Initially, founder and CEO Pavel Durov owned 20% of shares (although he had majority voting power through proxy votes), and a trio of Russian-Israeli investors, Yitzchak Mirilashvili (Mikhael Mirilashvili's son) and Lev Leviev, owned 60%, 10%, and 10% respectively.
Mirilashvili’s business enterprises operate primarily in real estate, construction of shopping malls, casino chains, petroleum industry, and renewable energy sectors, as well as in new media (VK.com).

Alisher Usmanov

In January 2014, VK's founder Pavel Durov sold his 12% stake in the company to Ivan Tavrin, the CEO of MegaFon, which is controlled by Alisher Usmanov.
He is also a co‑owner of Russia's second-largest mobile telephone operator, MegaFon, and co-owner of the Mail.Ru group, the largest internet company in the Russian-speaking world, which owns stakes in popular web portals like Odnoklassniki, VKontakte and others.

Pavel Durov

Founder Pavel Durov launched VKontakte for beta testing in September 2006, shortly after his graduation from St Petersburg State University.
Pavel Valerievich Durov (Па́вел Вале́рьевич Ду́ров; born 10 October 1984) is a Russian entrepreneur who is best known for being the founder of the social networking site VK, and later the Telegram Messenger.

Odnoklassniki

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In May 2017, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to impose a ban on Mail.ru and its widely used social networks including VKontakte and Odnoklassniki as part of its continued sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the War in Donbass.
Odnoklassniki is the second popular social network in Russia, behind VK (VKontakte) but ahead of Facebook which is in 3rd place.

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On 16 September 2014, the Mail.ru group bought the remaining 48% stake of VK from United Capital Partners (UCP) for $1.5 billion, thus becoming the sole proprietor of the social network.
In April 2013, a consortium of investors led by UCP acquired a 48% stake in VK.com (VKontakte) from Vyacheslav Mirilashvili and Lev Leviev, co-founders of the social network.

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In January 2014, VK's founder Pavel Durov sold his 12% stake in the company to Ivan Tavrin, the CEO of MegaFon, which is controlled by Alisher Usmanov.
The same month MegaFon CEO Ivan Tavrin obtained a 12% stake of VK.com, Russia's most popular social networking website, from VK's founder Pavel Durov.

Runet

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Because the social network is the one most popular and highloaded sites in runet, its visits can be used to make DDoS attacks on smaller sites.
Nowadays, some Russian users are not interested in usage of such services as Facebook or Google Maps because local services have more Russia-specific features and local community (VK.com, Yandex services, etc.), though many international websites have very high quality Russian localization and Google search has had full support of Russian morphology for about 10 years.

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Russians are strong users of social networks, of which Odnoklassniki.ru (used by 75% of 25-35 y.o. Russians in 2009) and VKontakte are the most popular.

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According to a study for May 2018 conducted by Factum Group Ukraine VK remained the fourth most viewed site in Ukraine, but Facebook was twice as much visited.

Mail.Ru

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On 16 September 2014, the Mail.ru group bought the remaining 48% stake of VK from United Capital Partners (UCP) for $1.5 billion, thus becoming the sole proprietor of the social network. The original founders then sold a stake of 39.99% to Mail.ru Group (formerly Digital Sky Technologies).
Mail.Ru controls and operates the 3 largest and most popular Russian social networking sites, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, and Moi Mir, respectively.

Yuri Milner

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In 2011, Pavel Durov and Yuri Milner created Start Fellows, a grant program founded to support projects in the field of technology.
The group's portfolio included Mail.ru, Odnoklassniki.ru, ICQ, a minority stake in the social network VKontakte (Russian Facebook equivalent), online payments service OSMP.ru, e‑Port, as well as some other Russian assets.

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VK (short for its original name VKontakte; ВКонта́кте, meaning InContact) is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg.

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VK (short for its original name VKontakte; ВКонта́кте, meaning InContact) is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg.

Geographical distribution of Russian speakers

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VK is available in numerous languages but it is especially used by Russian-speakers.

Group (online social networking)

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VK allows users to message each other publicly or privately; create groups, public pages, and events; share and tag images, audio, and video; and play browser-based games.

Alexa Internet

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VK is ranked 19th (as of August 2019) in Alexa's global Top 500 sites.

SimilarWeb

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According to SimilarWeb, VK is the 12th most visited website in the world.

Ukrainian crisis

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On 1 April 2014, Durov submitted his resignation to the board; at first, due to the fact the company confirmed he had resigned, it was believed to be related to the Ukrainian crisis which began in February of the same year.

Vladimir Putin

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Durov then claimed the company had been effectively taken over by Vladimir Putin's political faction, suggesting his dismissal was the result of both his refusal to hand over personal details of users to federal law enforcement and his refusal to hand over the personal details of people who were members of a VKontakte group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement.

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Durov then claimed the company had been effectively taken over by Vladimir Putin's political faction, suggesting his dismissal was the result of both his refusal to hand over personal details of users to federal law enforcement and his refusal to hand over the personal details of people who were members of a VKontakte group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement.