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Russia’s largest social network is under the control of Putin’s allies, founder says

22
Apr
2014

The embattled founder of VK, Russias largest social networking site, said this week that the company is now under the complete control of two oligarchs with close ties to President Vladimir Putin. In a VK post published Monday, Pavel Durov said hes been fired as CEO of the website, claiming that he was pushed out on a technicality, and that he only heard of it through media reports. According to Durov, the site will now be under the control of Alisher Usmanov — Russias richest man and the head of web giant Mail.ru — and Igor Sechin, CEO of a state-owned oil company and reportedly a close Putin ally.

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