Russia

VKontakte CEO Pavel Durov un-resigns

Russia’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg either has a very weird sense of humor, or he is genuinely preparing to fight censorship of the platform he founded until the bitter end.

Are kickbacks just the price of doing business in Russia?

The extent of corruption in Russia’s technology industry has been revealed by a survey which says as much as 60 percent of payments made are bribes. Is that a stark warning for startups wanting to tap into a lucrative market — or simply the cost of operating?

No joke: Facebook clone champions Russian innovation

Russian social network VKontakte has built a billion dollar business by cloning almost every aspect of Facebook for the local market. It seems a little rich, then, that founder Pavel Durov says his long-term ambition is to prove that Russian products can be global leaders.

Mail.ru Files For An $876 Million IPO

As expected, Facebook and Groupon backer Mail.ru, has filed to go public on the London Stock Exchange. There had been talk that the company,…

Russia’s Going Premium And Going Overseas

Nikita Sherman marked out a reputation for himself as someone who can get digital content to pay when he was in charge of Odnoklassniki.ru,…

Apple’s New Plans For Wireless Downloads

*Apple* already sells iPods through kiosks in airports and stores, but the company also has plans for units that will let people load up on…

Disney Forms JV To Launch Russian TV Channel

Even though the global financial meltdown has been affecting Russia as well, media companies still see enough growth potential to make enter…

Twitter Rules Out Premium Rate Service In UK

When Twitter decided to shut down its UK operations last month blaming the crippling per user cost, the obvious question was raised: why no…