In April 2014, Durov stated he had sold his stake in the company after "coming under increasing pressure" from federal law enforcement to hand over personal details of users who were members of a VK group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement.On April 1, 2014, Durov submitted his resignation to the board; at first, due to the fact the company confirmed he had resigned, it was believed to be related to the Ukrainian crisis which started in February of the same year.
Founder Pavel Durov launched VKontakte for beta testing in September 2006, having just graduated from St Petersburg State University.
The following month, the domain name was registered.
This legal content can be either ad-sponsored, subscription based, or free, depending on the provider's choices.
VK does not display its own advertising in the site's music or video sections, nor in the videos themselves.
Notable examples include the international celebrities like Tiësto, In 2008, the leading Russian television channel RTR sued VKontakte (then VK) over unlicensed copies of two of its films which had been uploaded by VK users.
In 2010, this dispute was settled by the Russian Supreme Arbitration Court in favour of the social network.In the same month, the site was subjected to a severe DDo S attack, which briefly put it offline.The user base reached 1 million in July 2007, and 10 million in April 2008.As with most social networks, the site's core functionality is based around private messaging and sharing photos, status updates and links with friends.VK also has tools for managing online communities and celebrity pages.The court ruled that VK is not responsible for its users’ copyright violations, taking into account that both parties agreed with the technical possibility to identify the user who posted illegal content and who, consequently, must incur the liability.