The pre-revolutionary version uses old-style Russian orthography. Musicians that use VK for promotion often upload their own tracks to their official VK pages.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.
Russian-speaking users can choose between the standard Russian version and two extras: a Soviet version and a Pre-Revolutionary version. telegrams for messages and comrades for friends), these versions contain other easter eggs.
For example, all private messages in the Soviet version have a stamp saying 'passed server censorship'.
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.
In January 2014, VK's founder Pavel Durov sold his 12% stake in the company to the CEO of Megafon, which is controlled by Alisher Usmanov.
Following the deal, Usmanov and his allies controlled around 52% of the company.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.Another ruling early in 2012 went partially in favor of Gala Records (now Warner Music Russia), a recording studio, when the same court ordered VK to pay 00 for not being active enough in regard to copyrighted materials.This legal content can be either ad-sponsored, subscription based, or free, depending on the provider's choices.In December 2008 VK overtook rival Odnoklassniki as Russia's most popular social networking service.