Monday, April 22, 2013

Russian Social Network Founder Denies Fleeing to US

The founder of Russia’s most popular social networking website, VKontakte, denied on Monday media reports that he has gone to the United States to create a new social network. Pavel Durov said he has not been to the US for a year and has so far no plans to go there again. Durov has been summoned for questioning over a traffic incident in which a police officer was injured, an investigative committee official told RAPSI last Thursday. St. Petersburg news website reported that local police believe Durov, 28, was involved in an April 5 traffic accident in the city. News channels said a traffic police officer had been injured when a white Mercedes tried to swerve past him after he flagged it down for a driving offense, and struck him a glancing blow. Media reports said the police believed Durov was behind the wheel of the car as it fled the scene. Durov’s representatives say he does not drive and uses the city’s subway system. The car in question is registered in the name of Durov's deputy, Ilya Perekopsky, Vesti reported. Established in 2006, VKontakte has some 200 million registered users and is more popular than Facebook in Russia. (video)

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