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Russia’s ‘Zuckerberg’ says he fought the government over Ukraine protester data

17
Apr
2014

Did the Russian government use social media to spy on Ukrainian protestors? According to Pavel Durov, founder of the Russian Facebook clone VK, the answer is yes. Durov says that in December of 2013, the Russian FSB service demanded he give up private data from organizers of the Evromaydana group, a major player in the protests that ultimately forced Ukranian president Yanukovich to step down. Durov refused, saying Ukrainian citizens are not under Russian jurisdiction, but he says the resulting struggle cost him his ownership shares in the company.

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