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Combined with Durov's personal 12% stake, this gave him 52% of the votes.
while Lev Leviev sold his 8% share in the same deal, giving United Capital Partners 48% ownership.
suggesting his dismissal was the result of both his refusal to hand over personal details of users to federal law enforcement and his refusal to hand over the personal details of people who were members of a VKontakte group dedicated to the Euromaidan protest movement.
In May 2017, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree to impose a ban on and its widely used social networks including VKontakte and Odnoklassniki as part of its continued sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and involvement in the War in Donbass.
User registration was initially limited to within university circles exclusively by invitation, but the site still grew quickly.
In February 2007 the site reached a user base of over 100,000 and was recognized as the second largest player in Russia's nascent social network market.
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.
, meaning In Contact) is a Russian-based online social media and social networking service.