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VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control 149

An anonymous reader writes "The embattled founder of VK, Russia's 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 he's 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."
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VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

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  • by alphatel ( 1450715 ) * on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @10:52AM (#46815085)
    In Soviet Russia, status updates you!
  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @11:20AM (#46815353) Homepage
    Here in america we certainly dont have anything this ridiculous. Our social networks take careful steps to ensure profits are privatized and personal information is harvested and transmitted to the government quietly and quickly without so much as raising the issue for reasonable discussion. Our media outlets would never consistently report on the legality or morality of such normal operations as theyre both patriotic and in the interest of the people of the united states. Our elected leaders would never pressure private companies to shut down websites and deny financial remuneration for wholesome and informative whistleblower agencies such as wikileaks. For the Russian government to even consider a takeover of a private corporation is bombastic. We've never once taken over an auto industry or a bank, for example. And as for conventional media in america, we have never delivered talking points and restricted journalists in an attempt to control the dissemenation of information.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 22, 2014 @11:28AM (#46815435)

    In Russia, Media Socializes YOU.

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