Durov said on April 1 he had decided to step down because his freedom in running VK had been reduced by a shareholder change.Two days later, he withdrew his resignation, saying his departure would have threatened VK’s future. I was fired today as the general director of VKontakte.The popular Ukrainian file-hosting website was shut down in 2016 amid a cyberpolice crackdown on internet services allowing copyrighted music, videos, and software to be illegally downloaded.
According to Kantar TNS CMeter, 78% of all internet users in Ukraine use “VKontakte” (based on data from April 2017). The Russian sites for the antivirus companies "Kaspersky Lab" and "Dr Web" will also be blocked.
Sanctions will also be imposed on the television channels belonging to the Russian media group "RBC, Information Systems", these include: "TV Centre", "The All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company", "NTV Plus", "REN TV" and "Zvezda".
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But Durov told the technology blog Tech Crunch on Tuesday he was “out of Russia” and had “no plans to go back.” “Unfortunately, the country is incompatible with Internet business at the moment,” he was quoted as saying.
Reuters could not immediately reach Durov for comment.All four are in the top-10 most popular websites in Ukraine.According to the research company Gemius, 10.8 million people over the age of 14 use “Yandex” online services in Ukraine, excluding mobile.Ukrainian ban on Russian social media networks kicks in.It is a part of new set of sanctions targeting Russian companies in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.The sanctions will come into effect from the date of their publication.