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VKontakte to close Kyiv’s office – media

According to trusted sources:

FSB-controlled #Vkontakte – a massive piracy portal & illegal harvester of personal data for the RU intel agency – is closing its #Kyiv office.

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Russia’s VKontakte social network will close its office in the Ukrainian capital, according to the Russian online publication about startups, innovations and Internet projects

Ukraine 16:06, 30 May 2017

The social network’s management has decided to dismiss part of the office staff, reported, citing a source inside the company and a market player familiar with the situation.

Some of the employees from the advertising department can be transferred to the Moscow office.

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VKontakte spokesman Yevgeniy Krasnikov found it difficult to confirm the closure of the social network’s Ukrainian office.

VKontakte opened an office in Ukraine in March 2012. Another Russian social network, Odnoklassniki, which is also part of Ukrainian-sanctioned Mail.Ru Group, did not have its own Ukrainian representative office. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on May 15, 2017, signed a decree greenlighting a new set of sanctions against Russia, which include blocking access to Russian-based social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki, as well as Yandex online services. The Yandex ban was initiated by the Security Service of Ukraine.



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