The social network VKontakte , which is often referred to as the Russian version of Facebook , has just lost its founder , Pavel Durov . He had been fired because of social networking that has been dominated by a homemade two people close to Russian President Vladimir Putin .
In a statement on page VKontakte , Tuesday ( 04/22/2014 ) , Durov said , “Today , VKontakte running under full control of Igor Sechin and Alisher Usmanov . “
Usmanov is a technology company entrepreneurs , Mail.ru , which has been increasing its stake in VKontakte . He also has a share of around 10 percent on Facebook .
While Sechin , Rosneft is the CEO , the state -owned oil company . He is believed to be one of the closest advisors of President Putin .
Durov who is currently 29 years old , founded the VKontakte which now has more than 100 million users in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union .
" Perhaps , in the Russian context , things like this can not be avoided , but I’m glad we have been together for seven and a half years , " said Durov . " We do a lot of things , and part of what has been done can not be changed back . "
Durov got a lot of pressure here and there since 2013 related to freedom of expression VKontakte users . Last week , Durov asked to shut down or block the activity of the anti - government group Ukraine , but Durov refused the request .
Now he no longer has a stake in VKontakte , having already sold 12 per cent stake and the remaining shareholders have approved VKontakte in early 2014 .
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The Russian government had long maintained tight control over the media of television and print media , but they are less strict in controlling the online media . The anti - Putin activists utilize online media to protest.