WorldViews: Russia’s ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ says he’s been ousted from his company by Putin-linked oligarches

By Adam Taylor, April 21, 2014

It's been coming for a long time, but it looks like it's finally official: Pavel Durov is out at VK, Russia's home-grown Facebook clone.

In a message posted to his own account, Durov, the 29-year-old founder of VK (formerly VKontakte) explained that he had been "fired" from his position as chief executive. The decision came after months of disputes, which saw "Russia's Mark Zuckerburg" accused of being in a hit-and-run accident involving a traffic cop and going into hiding, before slowly losing control of his own company.

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